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
Sadovnick, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Wood, Evan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Kershaw, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Barr, Alasdair Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Pettersen, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Craig, Ann Marie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Devlin, Angela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Khan, Nadia Ahmed Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Sidhu, Ravindar Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
MacLure, Malcolm Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Skarsgard, Erik Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Mayo, John Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Medicine
Kerr, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Allard, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Small, Jeff Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Stuart, Gavin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Aparicio, Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Tsang, Teresa Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Mitton, Craig Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
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
Knight, Darryl Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
de Boer, Carl Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Gerrie, Alina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Kaigala, Govind Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Henderson, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Bedaiwy, Mohamed Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Phang, P Terence Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Chew, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Doan, Quynh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Hackett, Tillie-Louise Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Krahn, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Van Petegem, Filip Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Field, Thalia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
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
Kitson, Clifford Neil Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Carlsten, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Crook, Juanita Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Lefebvre, Louis Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Beristain, Alexander Guillermo Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Cynader, Max Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Masse, Louise Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Ogilvie, Gina Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Joseph, K.S. Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, School of Population and Public Health
Turvey, Stuart Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Pelech, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Viau, Victor 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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