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 ascending Academic Unit
Sanatani, Shubhayan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Taylor, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Lui, Harvey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Dedhar, Shoukat Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Qayumi, Abdul Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Skarsgard, Erik Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Beristain, Alexander Guillermo Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Stockler-Ipsiroglu, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Salh, Baljinder Singh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Kelleher, Dermot Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Savage, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Nimmon, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Geller, Josie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Oberle, Eva Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Lima, Viviane Dias Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Olson, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Rahmim, Arman Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Nolan, Seonaid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Whittaker, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Gerrie, Alina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Kuo, Calvin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Fischer, Lisa Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Drew, Yvette Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Haji, Faizal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Perrone, Lucy Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Caron, Nadine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Steiner, Theodore Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Kieffer, Tim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Grzybowski, Stefan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Conibear, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
McAlpine, Jessica Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Watson, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Hoodless, Pamela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Bryan, Stirling Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Lefebvre, Louis Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Guy, Pierre Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Pang, Catherine C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Rideout, Elizabeth Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Sandford, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Honer, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Liu-Ambrose, Teresa Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Colozzo, Paola Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Wang, Yu Tian Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Wong, Hubert Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Lockwood, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Dennis, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
de Boer, Carl Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Pouladi, Mahmoud Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Hirsch-Reinshagen la, Veronica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Keramatian, Kamyar Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry

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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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