Research Supervisors

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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
Steel, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Marinova-Todd, Stefka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Boyd, Lara Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Phillips, Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Webb, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Wang, Yuzhuo Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Sidhu, Ravindar Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Kitson, Clifford Neil Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Stoessl, A Jon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Forwell, Susan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Harris, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Vallance, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Laule, Cornelia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Karsan, Aly Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Bennewith, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
McMaster, W Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Lim, Chinten James Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Gregory-Evans, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
So, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Viau, Victor Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Conway, Edward Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Dong, Xuesen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Ryerson, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Fairbairn, Nadia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Lehman, Anna Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Black, Alexis Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Madhav, Manu Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Gao, Zu-Hua Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Nappi, Lucia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Gupta, Neeru Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, School of Population and Public Health
Bingham, Brittany Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Griesdale, Donald E Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Department of Medicine
Prior, Jerilynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Anis, Aslam Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Newton, Christie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Rauscher, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Luciani, Dan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Birol, Inanc Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Paterson, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Cripton, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Poon, Brenda Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Tremlett, Helen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Kastrukoff, Lorne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Kalia, Sunil Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Russell, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Holt, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Psychiatry
Takei, Fumio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Honey, Christopher Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Yeung, Sonia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
O'Connor, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences

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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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