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School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2022-2023 
School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2022-2023 [-ARCHIVED CALENDAR-]

Associate Deans of Graduate Studies

Bhagwati Gupta
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies - Faculty of Science

Bhagwati Gupta completed Ph.D. from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India) and a post-doctoral training from the California Institute of Technology (USA). Dr. Gupta joined McMaster in 2004 as a faculty in the Department of Biology. He has served McMaster in different capacities. He was Associate Chair (Graduate) in Biology, Chair of Biology Graduate Research Day Event Committee, a member of McMaster Senate, Co-Chair of Biology Health & Safety Committee, and a member of Faculty of Science Joint Health & Safety Committee.

Dr. Gupta has a long and fruitful research career. His lab uses tiny nematodes as model organisms to investigate biological processes related to human health and aging. These studies involve a range of interdisciplinary approaches in molecular biology, genetics, neurobiology and engineering. He is the recipient of various honours and awards including Human Frontier Science Foundation long-term fellow, Canada Research Chair in Developmental Biology, and Ontario Early Researcher Award.

Dr. Gupta’s research findings have had significant impacts in the areas of cell signalling and animal development, as evident from several peer-reviewed publications, invited talks, grant reviews and editorial board membership. His work has been supported by funding agencies such as National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) USA. He is passionate about the training and education of students. Many of his graduates have won scholarships and successfully transitioned to careers in academia as well as in industry.

As an Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science, Dr. Gupta is responsible for promoting graduate admission, research, and the allocation of scholarships to the Faculty. He chairs the Science Graduate Curriculum, Policy, Admissions and Study (GCPAS) Committee and serves on Graduate Council and its Executive Committee.

Melanie Health
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies - Faculty of Social Sciences

Dr. Melanie Heath completed her PhD at the University of Southern California and a postdoctoral fellowship at Rice University. She joined McMaster in 2008 in the Department of Sociology and has served on the department’s executive committee and as graduate chair for many years. Dr. Heath has been an elected member of the Graduate Council and the Faculty of Social Science Tenure and Promotion Committee.

Dr. Heath specializes in the areas of the Sociology of Gender and Sexualities and the Sociology of Family and has held multiple SSHRC grants. She has published one book with New York University Press and has a second book forthcoming with Stanford University Press, as well as publishing in leading journals in Sociology.

As Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, she is responsible for admissions and allocation of graduate scholarships. She works closely with the Faculty of Social Sciences and the School of Graduate Studies on graduate student issues, including recruiting and the development of new programs and is particularly committed to promoting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) objectives in graduate programs. She chairs the Faculty’s Graduate Curriculum and Policy Committee and sits on Graduate Council and its Executive Committee.


Martin Horn
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research - Faculty of Humanities

Dr. Martin Horn completed his PhD at the University of Toronto, coming to McMaster in 1995 to join the Department of History. He was a long-standing member of the department’s executive committee, before serving as graduate chair in the department for a number of years. Outside of the department he is a past-president of MUFA, the McMaster University Faculty Association.

Dr. Horn is a specialist in European international relations and the two world wars, 1914-1945, which he teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level. His own research lies at the intersection of business, finance, diplomacy and the interaction of states with non-governmental actors. Presently he is engaged on a study of the American bank J.P. Morgan & Co. and the crisis of capitalism in the 1930s.

As Associate Dean Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Humanities, Dr. Horn is responsible for overseeing graduate admissions, curriculum development, graduate recruitment and retention, while promoting community among the Humanities graduate community. On the Research side, his task is to assist the research endeavours of Humanities faculty, while collaborating with the Office of Vice-President Research in developing the research effort of Humanities within and without the university.

Michael Thompson
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies - Faculty of Engineering

Michael Thompson received his B.Sc. in Chemistry (1990), B. Eng. (1992) and M. Eng. (1994) in Chemical Engineering from McMaster and his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in 1998. He worked as a Senior Process Engineer for the Davis-Standard Corporation from 1998-2001 in Pawcatuck, Connecticut before returning to the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster in 2001. He was the Director of the M.Eng in Manufacturing Engineering within the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice from 2008-2015, is a member of the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute and holds an Adjunct Appointment to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario.

As Associate Dean, he is responsible for admissions and allocation of graduate scholarships as well as for working with the Faculty of Engineering and the School of Graduate Studies on graduate student issues including recruiting and the development of new programs. He chairs the Faculty’s Graduate Admissions and Study Committee and the Graduate Curriculum and Policy Committee and sits on Graduate Council and its Executive Committee.

Dr. Thompson is an active researcher in the field of extrusion working on applications for the pharmaceutical, food and polymer industries, with more than 100 publications and 3 patents from his work. He has 15 graduate students in his group currently, and has graduated 10 Ph.D. students, 35 M.A.Sc. students and 9 M.Eng. students to date. He works with numerous companies in Canada and the USA to develop novel processes and materials by understanding the linkages between material properties, end user demands and the manufacturing environment.


Steve Hanna
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies - Faculty of Health Sciences


Manish Verma
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies - Faculty of Business