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
Ansermino, John Mark Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Jang, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Gill, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Zeng, Haishan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Lam, Raymond Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Redekop, Gary Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Ogrodniczuk, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Brotto, Lori Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Department of Psychiatry
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
Quon, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Raymond, Lynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Blydt-Hansen, Tom Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Nabi, Ivan Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Yatham, Lakshmi Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
O'Donnell, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Cote, Helene Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Koehoorn, Mieke Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Takei, Fumio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Vallance, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Barton, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Ngan, Elton Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Bennewith, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Allard, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Mawson, John Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
O'Connor, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Sin, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Wang, Yu Tian Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Van Allen, Margot Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Ryerson, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Milloy, Michael-John Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Tamber, Mandeep Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
McCracken, Rita Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Macnab, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Vila-Rodriguez, Fidel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Spering, Miriam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Kwon, Janice Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Kershaw, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Wilson, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Schellenberg, R Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Allergy and Immunology
Cundiff, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Dormuth, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Conibear, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Cimolai, Nevio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Wright, Joanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Holsti, Liisa Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Scott, Ian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Dutz, Jan Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Sidhu, Ravinder Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery

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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.