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
Steel, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Vogl, A Wayne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Vedam, Saraswathi Professor Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program
Rauscher, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Cimolai, Nevio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Du, Caigan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Paterson, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Wasserman, Wyeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Dawes, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Esdaile, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Ayas, Najib Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Kizhakkedathu, Jayachandran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Schechter, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Etminan, Mahyar Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Simpson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Bennewith, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Stothers, Lynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Calam, Betty Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Tebbutt, Scott Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Ogilvie, Gina Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Murphy, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Fedida, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Strynadka, Natalie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Regan, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Hameed, Morad Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
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
Krusi, Andrea Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Brigham, Emily Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Law, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Nygaard, Haakon Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Lorincz, Matthew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Marinova-Todd, Stefka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Brauer, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Beasley, Clare Louise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
MacVicar, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Luciani, Dan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Conibear, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Howe, Tami Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Sadowski, Ivan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Preston, Roanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Jones, Allan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Goldman, Ran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Field, Thalia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Gregory-Evans, Cheryl Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Ashe, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Watson, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Mortenson, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Bayrampour Basmenj, Hamideh Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program

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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.