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 facult 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
Jang, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Wilson, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Brooks-Wilson, Angela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Nguan, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Madden, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
McAlpine, Jessica Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Van Petegem, Filip Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Palepu, Anita Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Masri, Bas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Schreiber, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Blydt-Hansen, Tom Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Dutz, Jan Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Cashman, Neil Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Teichman, Joel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Norman, Wendy Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Oberlander, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Freeman, Hugh James Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Loock, Christine Ann Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Jarus, Tal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Ngan, Elton Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Kuhl, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
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
Liu-Ambrose, Teresa Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Lang, Donna Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Munk, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Lynn, Francis Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Lam, Wan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Nimmon, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Courneya, Carol-Ann Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Zandstra, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Michael Smith Laboratories
Petrella, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Grunau, Brian Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Fast, Danya Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Avina Zubieta, Juan Antonio Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Ghahary, Aziz Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Hayden, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Spiegel, Jerry Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health, Liu Institute for Global Issues
Kershaw, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Song, Weihong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Krahn, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Taubert, Stefan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Quandt, Jacqueline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Rabkin, Simon Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Friedman, Jan Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
McLeod, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Francis, Gordon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Raymond, Lynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Snadden, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice

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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.