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 Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Bian, Bo Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Mack, Johnny Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Liu, Yan Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Stefanska, Barbara Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Ciernia, Annie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Matthew, Ian Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Sadarangani, Manish Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Yu, Lingtao Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Orr, Patrick Scott Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Loss, Cristiano Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Peihani, Maziar Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
De Boer, Carl Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Hickey, Kenneth Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Vellutini, Claudio Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Bloem-Reddy, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Patterson, Christopher Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Fast, Danya Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Lange, Philipp Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Swiecki, Tomasz Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Wang, Yanwen Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Sajjadiani, Sima Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Havaei, Farinaz Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Gagnon, Olivia Michiko Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Cloth, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Haney, Cara Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Lo, Owen Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Norman, Moss Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Goldbach, Toby Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Milloy, Michael-John Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
McCracken, Rita Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Amijee, Fatema Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Mawson, John Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Mostafa, Nesrine Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Yoon, Dongwook Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Zuo, Mila Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Brar, Gurcharn Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Xie, Yifang Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Mccasland, Jamie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Rosenblum, Daisy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Tran, Martino Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Tremblay, Regine Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Sakakibara, Brodie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Noda, Shunya Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Rogall, Thorsten Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Franch Ballester, Jose Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Germain, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Zhou, Yang-Yang Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Gadermann, Anne Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine
Carrillo, Juli Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology

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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.