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 minorities 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.

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Field (see Notes for sorted subfields)Preferred NameInstitutionPositionDescriptionWebsiteTags
Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering Dr. Korie Grayson University of Michigan Post-doc The evaluation of novel nano- and microparticles for therapy in neutrophilic, acute inflammatory disease and cancer. Lab Page nanoparticles, inflammation, cancer
Education/Pedagogy, Equity/Advocacy Dr. Terrell R. Morton University of Missouri Assistant Professor My research focuses on how a racial identity or intersectional race-gender identity informs the decision-making processes and postsecondary STEM engagements of Black students; using this insight to then conceive, propose, and study changes that need to happen to STEM learning environments (cultural, instructional, access, etc.) as a way to center and enhance Black students' identities and STEM experiences. Faculty Page STEM Education, Racial Justice, Critical Race Theory, retention, equity
Education/Pedagogy, Veterinary Medicine Dr. Katherine Fogelberg Lincoln Memorial University Director, Associate Professor Asian identities of Asians in non-traditionally viewed STEM careers (science education, veterinary medicine, any science other than human medicine or laboratory science, for example) Faculty Page STEM Education, veterinary medicine
Biophysics, Neuroscience, Physiology Dr. Anel Jaramillo Vanderbilt University Post-doc Dr. Jaramillo is a post-doc in the Winder Lab where she investigates the physiology underlying anxiety and alcohol use disorders and how it can be harnessed to provide effective pharmacotherapies. ResearchGate substance abuse, alcohol, plasticity, glutamate, striatal cortex, stress, anxiety, behavior, addiction, pharmacology
Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering Dr. Eno E. Ebong Northeastern University Associate Professor The Ebong Lab investigates how endothelial cell mechanotransduction occurs and its effect on blood vessel dysfunction. Lab Website endothelial glycocalyx, mechanotransduction, vasculopathy, blood flow, cryopreservation, atherosclerosis
Computer and Information Sciences Dr. Leilani Battle University of Maryland Assistant Professor The Battle lab develops interactive data-intensive systems that can aid analysts in performing complex data exploration and analysis by utilizing techniques from human-computer interaction (HCI) and visualization to integrate data processing (databases). Lab Website data management, dataframes, human-computer interaction, data visualization, machine learning
Biomedical Engineering, Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology Dr. Deborah Auguste Northeastern University Professor The Auguste lab designs, synthesizes, and evaluates new biomaterials that change the way we deliver drugs and cells. Lab Website cytotoxicity, drug delivery, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics
Neuroscience, Psychology Dr. Jonathan D. Morrow University of Michigan Assistant Professor The Morrow Lab is focused on identifying and manipulating the neurobiology responsible for behavioral differences that predict vulnerability to psychopathology, like addiction and PTSD. Lab Website addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, dual diagnosis, neurobiology, psychopathology, animal models
Biochemistry, Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology Dr. Breann Brown Vanderbilt University Assistant Professor The Brown Lab at Vanderbilt University studies the structural biology of protein complexes regulating mitochondrial physiology. Lab Website x-ray crystallography, mitochondria, protein structure-function, heme, neurodegenerative diseases, structural biology, biophysics
Immunology, Infectious Disease, Microbiology Dr. Bryan Bryson Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Assistant Professor The Bryson lab develops new tools to dissect the complex dynamics of bacterial infection at a variety of scales ranging from single cells to infected animals, specifically looking at how we can harness our immune system to improve bacterial control. Lab Website host-bacterial defenses, innate immune system, tuberculosis (TB)