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
Khan, Nadia Ahmed Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Taylor, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Jiang, Xiaoyan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Kitson, Clifford Neil Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Foster, Leonard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
West, Christopher Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Jarus, Tal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Simpson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Fleetham, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Lim, Chinten James Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Yee, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Tam, Roger Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Kramer, John Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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
Huot, Suzanne Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Renouf, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Socias, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Towle, Angela Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medicine
Ghahary, Aziz Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Ling, Victor Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Nelson, Brad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Reid, Gregor Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Gantt, Soren Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Vedam, Saraswathi Professor Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program
Newton, Christie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Frank, Lawrence Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health, School of Community and Regional Planning
Boyd, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Krassioukov, Andrei Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Leavitt, Blair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Brooks, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Chemistry
Palepu, Anita Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Wellington, Cheryl Lea Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Hoodless, Pamela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Holt, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Psychiatry
Mikelberg, Frederick Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Kerr, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Yeung, Sonia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Benavente, Oscar Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Taylor, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Wong, Hubert Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Maxwell, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Sadarangani, Manish Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Rahmim, Arman Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ciernia, Annie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Weinberger, Kate Rebecca Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Shakiba, Nika Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Shannon, Kate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
McNagny, Kelly Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering

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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.