Speakers List

A recurring issue at conferences and seminars is the underwhelming number of URM speakers giving talks. A commonly cited reason for this is not knowing who to invite. To that end, we’ve begun compiling a list of prominent URM researchers across every field of STEM and Medicine. We hope that conference organizers can use this list as a resource when inviting speakers. However we hope that organizers use this list conscientiously. There is a well-known, and well-documented, issue of “tokenism”, i.e. the idea that women and underrepresented minority researchers are included to give an appearance of diversity. We would like to stress that a diverse conference is not just about representation of minority speakers but also about creating an environment that is conducive to sharing ideas and collaborating. See our “Best practices” page for tips on how to create an inclusive environment.

Finally, we would like to stress that: 
(i) Speakers on our list should be compensated properly for their time.
(ii) We are not the only resource out there! Check out this database for more lists of underrepresented researchers.
(iii) Our list is mainly nomination based (we then reach out to the researchers for their consent to be featured on the list). Please consider nominating yourself or others to be on the list! You can do so here or by emailing us at dscnatl@gmail.com.

1) Please see here for the Speakers List in spreadsheet format (useful for more complicated searches), an explanation of all of the fields (and how to search them), and a list of sorted subfields.
2) Our website saves your previous search for future reference!
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Type of Research
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Ecology, Endocrinology, Neuroscience Dr. Daniel Tobiansky Post-doc Dr. Tobiansky investigates neuroendocrine signaling that underlies mating, territorial, and social decision-making behavior. Twitter Handle: @DTobiansky Research Page Behavioral Ecology, endocrine, mating, territorial behavior, behavior, steroid hormones, ethology
Education/Pedagogy, Health Equity, Psychology, Public Health Dr. Sinead Younge Professor The Project Ujima Lab investigates sexual health practices amongst college students, HIV+ adults and Black men, amongst other underserved communities. Dr. Younge and her lab also examine prison reform issues. Faculty Page Sexual health, HIV/AIDS, health equity, Prison, carceral system
Neuroscience Dr. Athena Akrami Assistant Professor The Akrami Lab investigates how our brain represents and integrates sensory memories to learn and infer meaningful patterns. Lab Website memory, statistical learning, behavior, representation, sensation, abstraction, inference, neural computation
Biomedical Engineering, Orthopedics Dr. Brittany Taylor Post-doc Dr. Taylor investigates different scaffolding materials that can be used to aid bone structure and regeneration. Research Page biomechanics, bone regeneration, vascularization
Ecology, Entomology Dr. Melissa Sanchez Herrera Post-doc Dr. Sanchez Herrera investigates, tracks, and categorizes various insects, specifically focusing on damselflies. Research Website phylogenetics, taxonomy, damselflies
Biochemistry, Neuroscience Dr. Shahzad S. Khan Post-doc Dr. Khan investigates the molecular underpinnings of neurodegenerative diseases, specifically focusing on familial Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. LinkedIn neurodegeneration, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, LRRK2, Dementia, cell signaling
Ecology, Microbiology Dr. Ethell Vereen Assistant Professor Investigations focus on using traditional and state-of-the-art genomic and metagenomic approaches to understand how bacteria affect ecosystem and human health; as well as the diversity and function of microbial communities in various ecosystems. Lab Website antibiotic resistance, water quality, waterborne pathogens, Salmonella, Campylobacter, pedagogy, metagenomics, environmental health
Neuroscience Dr. Keith A. Trujillo Professor The Trujillo Lab investigates the mechanisms of reward in the context of drug abuse, including the effects of tolerance, dependence, and sensitization. Additionally his lab studies mental health disorders including schizophrenia and major depression. Faculty Page psychopharmacology, behavior, reward, drug abuse, tolerance, dependence, sensitization, opiates, stimulants, schizophrenia, depression
Neuroscience Dr. Alexandra Colón-Rodríguez Post-doc Dr. Colón-Rodríguez investigates how single parenting affects the amygdala of parents and their offspring. Lab Website neuroscience, neurotoxicology, science communication, ion channels, behavior
Cellular Biology, Neuroscience Dr. Chantell Evans Post-doc Dr. Evans investigates mitochondrial quality control mechanisms in neurons, including mitophagy, and how dysregulation contributes to neurodegenerative diseases. LinkedIn neurodegeneration, autophagy, mitophagy, mitochondria, axonal transport