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
Robinson, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Eng, Janice Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Lavoie, Pascal Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Anglesio, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Vanderwal, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Henderson, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Lan, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Lallous, Nada Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Shahriari, Dena Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Prior, Jerilynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Chew, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Matsell, Doug Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Harrigan, Paul Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Quandt, Jacqueline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
MacHan, Lindsay Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Van Eeden, Stephanus Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
McKay, Heather Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice, Department of Orthopaedics
Abu-Laban, Riyad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Li, Linda Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Gregory-Evans, Cheryl Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Wellington, Cheryl Lea Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Krajden, Mel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Skarsgard, Erik Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Virji-Babul, Naznin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
MacNeily, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Zhou, Youwen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Shahnaz, Navid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Rideout, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Devine, Dana Virginia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Webber, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Roskelley, Calvin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Lang, Donna Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Ho, Anita Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Schwarz, Stephan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Dong, Xuesen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Barbic, Skye Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Talhouk, Aline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Goerges, Matthias Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Weidberg, Hilla Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Ti, Lianping Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Liu, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
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
Scudamore, Charles Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Fitzgerald, Mark Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Nygaard, Haakon Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Shaw, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Barr, Alasdair Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Moore, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases

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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.