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
MacHan, Lindsay Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Friedman, Jan Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Hohl, Corinne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Nabi, Ivan Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Gill, Sharlene Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Cheifetz, Rona Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Lester, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Goldenberg, S Larry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Mayor, Thibault Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Gibson, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Morin, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Cibere, Jolanda Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
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
Scott, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Weidberg, Hilla Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Loree, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Vigo, Daniel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, School of Population and Public Health
Singh, Amritpal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Gupta, Neeru Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, School of Population and Public Health
Yassi, Annalee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Giaschi, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Spiegel, Jerry 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
Madden, Kenneth Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
Brubacher, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Leavitt, Blair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Schultz, Kirk Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Wasserman, Wyeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Palepu, Anita Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Scott, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Ho, Kendall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Brown, Carolyn Janet Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Afshar, Kourosh Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Weng, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
MacNeily, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Langlois, Sylvie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Fedida, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Mui, Alice Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Lefaivre, Kelly Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Bhagavatula, Sastry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Scott, Alexander Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Wong, Hubert Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health

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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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