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 descending Academic Unit
Isaac, Kathryn Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Ju, Myeong Jin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Gao, Zu-Hua Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Carleton, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Chi, Kim Nguyen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Lyons, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Reid, Gregor Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Lam, Raymond Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Phillips, Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
MacHan, Lindsay Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Van Eeden, Stephanus Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Purssell, Roy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Woollard, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Hatala, Rose Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Collins, Colin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Money, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Kastrukoff, Lorne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Cashman, Neil Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Teichman, Joel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Norman, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Brown, Carolyn Janet Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Gill, Sharlene Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Cheifetz, Rona Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Duronio, Vincent Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Virji-Babul, Naznin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
MacNeily, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Zhou, Youwen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Shahnaz, Navid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Jenstad, Lorienne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Price, Morgan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Salh, Baljinder Singh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Howe, Leann Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Krystal, Gerald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Yee, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Lefaivre, Kelly Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Mackenzie, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Nunez, Desmond Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Viau, Victor Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Kolind, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Lockwood, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Olson, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Schaeffer, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Flannigan, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Puyat, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Cembrowski, Mark Steven Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Scott, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Pouladi, Mahmoud Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Park, Yongjin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Statistics
Evgin, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Shahidi, Neal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology

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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.