Choosing a supervisor

The faculty members listed below are actively recruiting MSc or PhD students. If you would like to see the compelte list of faculty members you can view their profiles here

Please note that MPH applicants are not required to select a supervisor.

You can find more information about applying for graduate studies, finding a supervisor, and what supervisors look for in their students on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Actively recruiting supervisors:

Lawrence McCandless

My team is looking for help with analysis of data from the Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC) Study, which is a pan-Canadian study of pregnant women and the health of their infants ( The ideal MSc applicant is:

  • Interested in epidemiology and data analysis (knowledge of R or SAS is an asset).
  • GPA of 3.5+, which means A- or greater for most coursework.  
  • Interested in research.
  • Interested in working in a data laboratory with Big Data.

Learn more about Dr. McCandless

Ralph Pantophlet

The Pantophlet Lab is seeking bright and highly self-motivated students wishing to pursue a doctoral degree (PhD) in vaccine immunology. Current investigations in the lab focus on understanding antigenic presentations impacting the ontogeny of glycan- and CD4bs-specific neutralizing antibodies to HIV-1 and cross-neutralizing antibodies to the stem of flu HA. Applicants must meet minimal requirements for admission to the PhD program in the Faculty of Health Sciences, have demonstrable training in microbiology, immunology or a closely related discipline and hands-on research laboratory work experience beyond laboratory courses.

Further information regarding job opportunities in the Pantophlet Lab can be found here.

Learn more about Dr. Pantophlet

Ian Tietjen

The Tietjen Laboratory in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU is seeking exceptional students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree (PhD) or master of science degree (MSc) in molecular virology. Our laboratory focuses on mechanisms of viral pathogenesis and antiviral discovery. We use cell biology, genetics, and drug discovery techniques to investigate the molecular properties of HIV latency and replication of other viruses including influenza and yellow fever. We also conduct screens of chemical compound libraries to identify and characterize new antiviral leads. Current studies include, but are not limited to, characterizing a new series of antiviral leads that target latent HIV reservoirs and initiating new drug discovery projects.

Applicants must have at least 3 semesters of advanced laboratory coursework in molecular/cell biology, immunology, or virology and at least 8 months of hands-on laboratory research experience beyond laboratory courses. Evidence of a strong academic record and excellent oral and written communication skills are essential.

Learn more about Ian Tietjen

Hui Xie

Dr. Xie is recruiting students wishing to pursue MSc or PhD degrees in the Faculty of Health Sciences.  Research interests include developing statistical methods for the design and analysis of clinical and population studies of arthritis diseases and cancer. Dr. Xie is looking for trainees who are interested in working with large administrative databases and/or rich mobile health data. Knowledge of statistical programs (SAS and/or R) and experiences of working with large data sets are desirable. Applicants can send an email with a resume and transcript to

Learn more about Dr. Xie