Taylor Morriseau is an Indigenous scholar and PhD candidate in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Manitoba. She is also a member of the Diabetes Research Envisioned and Accomplished in Manitoba (DREAM) Theme within the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. In 2018, she was awarded a CIHR Vanier Scholarship to examine gene-environment interactions underlying type 2 diabetes among Indigenous youth. Her research integrates basic science and pre-clinical tools with Indigenous knowledge on traditional foods in pursuit of culturally safe therapeutic strategies.
Morriseau is proud to represent her own community, Peguis First Nation, in her commitment to broader scientific and societal challenges encompassing Indigenous health, genomics and science policy. She is an alumna of Equal Voice’s Daughters of the Vote, Indigenize the Senate, the Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics (SING) and currently serves on the inaugural Chief Science Advisor’s Youth Council and the Institute Advisory Board for CIHR’s Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH). This reflects her commitment to building a more equitable scientific landscape that reflects the diversity and unique needs of the next generation.
In 2019, she was one of two women from the University of Manitoba named as Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 by Women’s Executive Network (WXN). Launched in 2003, WXN’s annual awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of 100 Canadian women who have achieved great things for our society. Her research and mentorship efforts have also been recognized by numerous distinctions, including a University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Award, Corporate Knights Top 30 under 30 Sustainability Leaders, a CBC Manitoba Future 40 Award and the inaugural TD Bank Group Student Award. She continues to utilize this platform to advocate for Indigenous health equity at the local, national and international levels.