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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Field (see Notes for sorted subfields)Preferred NamePositionDescriptionWebsiteTags
Immunology Dr. Avery August Professor Signals regulating T cell differentiation and function. Lab Website
Engineering, Industrial/Manufacturing Engineer Dr. Shannon Roberts Assistant Professor My research is on the human factors of transportation safety and my goal is to reduce the number of fatal traffic crashes by designing technology that considers humans' abilities and limitations. Lab Website crashes, adolescent drivers, driver behavior, driver feedback, motor vehicles, automated vehicles, human factors
Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology Dr. Samira Musah Assistant Professor The Musah Lab investigates novel ways to regulate pluripotent stem cell differentiation and develops microphysiological systems such as organoids. Lab Website stem cell biology, tissue/organ engineering, disease modeling, therapeutic discovery
Cancer Biology, Cellular Biology, Health Equity, Molecular Biology Dr. Glenn Simmons Jr Assistant Professor A broadly trained molecular biologist whose lab studies cancer biology and health disparities using community-based participatory research. Lab Website Cancer immunology, health disparities, STEM training
Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics, Biophysics Dr. Markita del Carpio Landry Assistant Professor The Landry lab develops nanoscale tools to image neurotransmitters in the brain, and to deliver genes to plants. Lab Website plant genetic engineering, nanotechnology, near-infrared microscopy, Neuroscience, nanosensors
Neuroscience Dr. Katie E. Yoest Post-doc Dr. Yoest investigates sex differences in motivated behaviors and the relatinoship between adaptive and maladaptive social behaviors. Her current work investigates sex differences in how both neuropeptide and steroid hormones regulate social behavior in juvenile male and female rats. Research Page behavior, sex differences, oxytocin, estrogen, social behavior, development, hormones, motivation
Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Nutrition Dr. Alissa Armstrong Assistant Professor The Armstrong lab investigates how cells communicate to regulate nutritional intake, obesity and adipocyte response to dietary intake. Lab Website cell signaling, stem cells, adipocytes, nutrition, homeostasis, obesity, Drosophila
Ecology, Environmental Science & Resource Conservation, Equity/Advocacy Dr. Sara Bombaci Assistant Professor I do research in conservation biology, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, and at the intersection of these themes Lab Website Conservation Biology, Social Justice, Equity, Inclusion
Biomedical Engineering, Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Nanotechnology Dr. Jaimie Marie Stewart Post-doc Dr. Stewart studies the self-assembly principles of nucleic acids to build DNA and RNA nanostructures for applications such as cellular regulation and biomolecular detection. LinkedIn RNA, DNA, self-assembly, biomolecular detection, DNA/RNA Nanotechnology
Ecology, Environmental Science & Resource Conservation Dr. Noé de la Sancha Associate Professor I study the effects of anthropogenic driven habitat change on multiple dimensions of biodiversity at different spatial scales. Lab Website mammalogy, habitat disturbance, biodiversity, biogeography