Research Supervisors

The supervisor is the key person in a research-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 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 "Supervision".

Name Role Facultysort ascending Academic Unit
Cairns, Brian Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Frankel, Adam Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Wilbur, Kerry Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Paterson, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Snadden, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Mancini, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Bernatchez, Pascal Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Sly, Laura Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Ho, Kendall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Nabi, Ivan Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Bayrampour Basmenj, Hamideh Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program
Matsubara, Joanne Aiko Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Gourlay, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Zoubeidi, Amina Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Fleetham, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Tebbutt, Scott Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Kornelsen, Jude Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Hunt, Michael Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Stuart, Gavin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Kobor, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Moukhles, Hakima Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Milloy, Michael-John Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Sakakibara, Brodie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Tamber, Mandeep Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
McCracken, Rita Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Deering, Kathleen Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Black, Alexis Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Weber, Alexander Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Gao, Zu-Hua Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Nappi, Lucia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Avina, Antonio Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Shannon, Kate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Vila-Rodriguez, Fidel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Accili, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Lyons, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Reid, Gregor Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Christenson, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Zeng, Haishan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Seamans, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Brooks-Wilson, Angela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Patrick, David Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Preston, Roanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Masri, Bas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Granville, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Sanatani, Shubhayan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Taylor, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Mortenson, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Wilcox, Pearce Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Crook, Juanita Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Skarsgard, Erik Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery

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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.
    Attend an information session

    G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.