Black Scientists in Canada to Follow


With February being Black History Month, we want to celebrate that Black scientists have and continue to contribute to science. But it’s also important to acknowledge and celebrate the known and unknown contributions–past, present and future–beyond Black History Month. 

So we want to highlight some great Black Canadian scientists and Black scientists in Canada you can connect with or follow on social media for some more amazing science content throughout the year!

(Updated February 2022)

  • Adefunke Akinola, Software Development Engineer at Amazon, STEM Program Facilitator at STEMHub Foundation (Website)
  • Anthony Morgan, Founder of Science Everywhere (TwitterInstagram)
  • Dr. Adeola (Addy) Olubamiji, Director at Desktop Metal, Founder of STEMHub Foundation, Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, STEP Awards Honoree and RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant (TwitterInstagramYouTube).
  • Dr. Angella Mignon-Smith, STEMHub Foundation Board President, Mechanical Analyst/Senior Engineer at Candu Energy (Website)
  • Dr. Anna Ampaw, Postdoctoral Fellow at U of T Mississauga (Twitter)
  • Dr. Cassandra G. Extavour, Professor at Harvard University (TwitterWebsite)
  • Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Theoretical Physicist and Feminist Theorist, Assistant Professor of Physics and Core Faculty Member in Women’s Studies at the University of New Hampshire (TwitterWebsite)
  • Dr. Cylita Guy, Ecologist and Data Scientist (TwitterInstagramWebsite)
  • Dr. Denice Lewis, Curriculum Director, Faculty of Medicine at University of Ottawa
  • Dr. Emily Agard, Immunologist and Director of SciXchange at Ryerson University (TwitterWebsite)
  • Dr. Emily S. Choy, Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University and Environment and Climate Change Canada (TwitterWebsite)
  • Dr. Eugenia Duodu, Chemist and CEO of Visions of Science (Twitter)
  • Dr. Evelyn Asiedu, Environmental Chemist, Postdoctoral Researcher at Thompson Rivers University (Twitter)
  • Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed, Assistant Dean, Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University (Twitter)
  • Dr. Isaac Odame, Medical Director at Global Sickle Cell Disease Network, Physician at SickKids, Professor at U of T (Twitter)
  • Dr. Jessica L. Ware, Entomologist, Odonatologist, Systematist (Twitter)
  • Dr. Jude Kong, Assistant Professor at York University and Director of the Africa-Canada AI & Data Innovation Consortium (TwitterWebsite)
  • Dr. Juliet Daniel, Professor, Cancer Biology at McMaster University (TwitterWikipedia)
  • Dr. Lauren Schroeder, Palaeoanthropologist at the University of Toronto at Mississauga (Twitter)
  • Dr. Love-Ese Chile, COO / Technical Director at Regenerative Waste Labs (Website)
  • Dr. Loydie Jerome-Majewska, Associate Professor at McGill University (Twitter)
  • Dr. Marthe Kenny Charles, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia and Medical Microbiologist at Vancouver General Hospital (WebsiteVMDAS International Women’s Day 2020)
  • Dr. Nicole S. Smith, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, coral reef and invasion ecologist at Simon Fraser University (WebsiteTwitter)
  • Dr. Nicole Woods, Director of The Institute for Education Research (TIER) at UHN (Website).
  • Dr. Olivier Leogane, Section Head – Faculty of Arts and Science, MIL Campus, Université de Montréal
  • Dr. Onye Nnorom, Family Doctor and Public health specialist (TwitterWebsite)
  • Dr. Rita Orji, Professor of Computer Science, Canada Research Chair, Director of Persuasive Computing Lab (TwitterInstagramYouTube)
  • Dr. Shawn Hercules, Postdoctoral Researcher at McMaster University (TwitterInstagram)
  • Dr. Solomon Boadkye-Yiadom, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at York University (Website)
  • Dr. Trevor Charles, Microbiologist at Waterloo University (Twitter)
  • Ismalia de Sousa, Doctoral student in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia (WebsiteTwitter)
  • Itumeleng Moroenyane, PhD Candidate working on plant-microbe interactions (TwitterWebsiteScience Rendezvous profile)
  • Janelle Hinds, Founder of Helping Hands (Twitter)
  • Justine Fortin, Doctoral Student in Neuropsychology (ResearchGate Profile)
  • Koko Agborsangaya, Immunologist (Twitter)
  • Maydianne Andrade, Professor, Evolutionary & Behavioural Ecology at the University of Toronto, President of Canadian Black Scientists Network (Twitter)
  • Morris Scantlebury, Child Health & Wellness Researcher and Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Calgary (WebsiteTwitter)
  • Nicole Mortillaro, Senior Science Reporter at CBC and editor of the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Twitter)
  • Olivia Ghosh, PhD Student in Neuroscience at Western University (Twitter)
  • Paul Bzonek, PhD candidate in behavioral and conservation ecology at the University of Toronto (WebsiteTwitter)
  • Peter Soroye, PhD student in Biology at the University of Ottawa (TwitterInstagramWebsite)
  • Rackeb Tesfaye, PhD Student in Neuroscience at McGill University (Twitter)
  • Rhiannon Kirton, Zoologist, Co-Founder of Black Mammologists Week (Twitter)
  • Sandra Klemet-N’Guessan, PhD candidate in Biology at Trent University (TwitterWebsite)
  • Tamar Huggins, Multi-award-winning tech entrepreneur, author, and education trailblazer (WebsiteTwitterInstagram)
  • Temisan Iwere, Full Stack Engineer, Co-Founder of NSBEHacks, the first student-run black hackathon in Canada (TwitterWebsite)
  • Vanessa Enem Takim-Ndifon, EIT, Pharmaceutical Engineering Specialist (WebsiteYouTube)

Do you know of any more Black scientists in or from Canada we all should follow? Share them with us and we’ll be sure to do the same!

Make sure to follow the #BlackInSTEM accounts on Twitter to find even more wonderful Black scientists around the world. Need any help to get started? Check out our list of the various #BlackinSTEM weeks that took place throughout 2020.