Full Name
Shawn Hercules
Job Title
Postdoctoral Researcher
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Speaker Bio
Shawn Hercules is a highly motivated and innovative researcher with a strong background in public health and molecular cancer biology. With a Ph.D. from McMaster University focused on investigating the epidemiological and genomics profiles of Nigerian, Barbadian and Jamaican women with aggressive triple negative breast cancer, Shawn is an interdisciplinary scientist passionate about advancing health equity and promoting diversity in science.

Currently, Shawn is conducting cutting-edge research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PMCC) where they are identifying early molecular changes in precancerous breast tissues of high-risk populations to enable early detection and molecular prevention of breast cancer. In addition to research, Shawn is a Scientific Member specializing in Cell Biology for the Review Ethics Board-Oncology at PMCC. Shawn was also selected to participate in the inaugural Biosciences Oncology Leadership Development Program for postdoctoral researchers at PMCC.

With a track record of successful collaborations with pathologists, surgical oncologists, and bioinformaticians, Dr. Hercules is committed to translating his research findings into real-world solutions. Moreover, they have a passion for including under-studied populations in multi-OMICs research and engaging in health disparities work. In addition to his research, Shawn is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusivity in STEM through various outreach initiatives such as Science is a Drag. Their work in promoting inclusivity has been recognized with numerous awards for their science communication efforts.
Shawn Hercules