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
Yip, Stephen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Daugaard, Mads Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Chakrabarty, Trisha Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Ti, Lianping Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Madhav, Manu Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Loucks, Catrina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Thompson, Wade Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Macnab, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Hayden, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Black, Charlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Swindale, Nicholas Vaughan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Christenson, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Zeng, Haishan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Jones, Steven J Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Dormuth, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Patrick, David Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Moore, Edwin D Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Leung, Peter C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Molday, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Brown, Kelly Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Black, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Russell, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Stoessl, A Jonathan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Koehoorn, Mieke Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Krajden, Mel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Stewart, Evelyn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Vilarino-Guell, Carles Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Forster, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Dummer, Trevor Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Guy, Pierre Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Tebbutt, Scott Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Nicolaou, Savvakis Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Nielsen, Torsten Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Keown, Paul Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Xiang, Qing-San Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Eaves, Constance Jean Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Lam, Wan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Kolind, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Loewen, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
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
Socias, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Shakiba, Nika Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
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

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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.