Research Supervisors

The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-based graduate degree program. The principal role of the supervisor is to help students achieve their scholastic potential and to chair the student’s Supervisory Committee. The Supervisor will provide reasonable commitment, accessibility, professionalism, stimulation, guidance, respect and consistent encouragement to the student. Learn more

Graduate programs have different expectations regarding prospective students contacting faculty members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as thesis supervisor prior to applying while others assign supervisors in the first year. Please review the requirements for each program in the degree listing under the heading "Admission Information & Requirements" in step 3 "Prepare Application" under "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Luciani, Dan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Boyd, Lara Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Garnis, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
McLeod, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Oruc, Ipek Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Goldman, Ran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Younger, Alastair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Moritz, Orson Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Garbuz, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Cresswell, Silke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Bayrampour Basmenj, Hamideh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program
Forwell, Susan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Barton, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Lisonkova, Sarka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Shahnaz, Navid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Kuhl, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Howe, Leann Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Turvey, Stuart Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Pelech, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Viau, Victor Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Lockwood, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Dennis, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Scott, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Weidberg, Hilla Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Fast, Danya Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Hacihaliloglu, Ilker Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Medicine
Miller, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Hirsch-Reinshagen la, Veronica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Hawkes, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Caron, Nadine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Steiner, Theodore Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Bassett, Ken Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
MacVicar, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
MacHan, Lindsay Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Friedman, Jan Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Masri, Bas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Raymond, Lynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Herdman, Anthony Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Choi, Peter Tsz Lung Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Huntsman, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Ong, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Jiang, Xiaoyan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Mortenson, Ben Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Oberlander, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Holt, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Psychiatry
Harris, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Vallance, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Laule, Cornelia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Zhou, Youwen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Oxland, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Reaching Out Tips

Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!

Check requirements
  • Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
  • Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
Focus your search
  • Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
  • Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
    • Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
    • Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
Make a good impression
  • Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
    • Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
    • Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
  • Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
  • Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
  • Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
    • Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
    • Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
  • Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.