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
Lin, Kuo-Shyan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Lehman, Anna Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Ti, Lianping Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Liu, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Laksman, Zachary Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Fischer, Lisa Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Wang, Ying Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Leung, Janice Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Steiner, Theodore Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Walley, Keith Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Krahn, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Krassioukov, Andrei Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
McKeown, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Wright, Joanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Craig, Ann Marie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Sorensen, Poul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Sanatani, Shubhayan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Ho, Kendall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Cresswell, Silke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Yatham, Lakshmi Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Stoessl, A Jonathan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Freeman, Hugh James Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Loock, Christine Ann Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
West, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Mikelberg, Frederick Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Marra, Marco Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Takei, Fumio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Laule, Cornelia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Guy, Pierre Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Goldenberg, S Larry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
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
Wang, Yu Tian Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Loewen, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Vanderwal, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Weidberg, Hilla Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Socias, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Zwicker, Jill Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Kieffer, Tim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Lange, Philipp Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Song, Weihong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Pettersen, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Patrick, David Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Boyd, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Kissoon, Niranjan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Birol, Inanc Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Webb, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Buxton, Jane 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.
    Attend an information session

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