September 12, 2023
Juliet Daniel is a Professor and Cancer Biologist at McMaster University, and Associate Dean of Research and External Relations in the Faculty of Science.
Professor Daniel’s cancer research led to her discovery and naming of a new gene “Kaiso” — coined from her favorite Caribbean music “calypso” — that plays a crucial role in cancer. Professor Daniel’s team is currently studying the aggressive and difficult-to-treat triple negative breast cancers (TNBC) that are highly prevalent in young women of African ancestry, who despite a lower incidence and lifetime risk of breast cancer than Caucasian women, have a higher breast cancer mortality rate. Professor Daniel partners with The Olive Branch of Hope Cancer Support Service (Toronto) to organize “Think Beyond ‘Love Pink’ Breast Cancer Awareness” workshops for women of African Ancestry in Ontario and the Caribbean.
Professor Daniel is a passionate EDI champion and the longest serving faculty member on the President’s Advisory Committee for Building an Inclusive Community (PACBIC) at McMaster University. She is a committed advocate/mentor/role model for Women in Science and Engineering and Black students/youth whose potential contributions to Science and Engineering have not been fully realized in Canada and beyond. Thus, in 2020 along with four other scientists, she co-founded the Canadian Black Scientists Network (CBSN).