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 NameInstitutionPositionDescriptionWebsiteTags
Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Ophthalmology Dr. Carla Ramos Vanderbilt University Medical Center Post-doc Dr. Ramos is a post-doc in the Penn lab where she investigates the metabolic effects of hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia and more on retinal glia cells. LinkedIn hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia, hypertension, retina, glia cells, diabetic retinopathy
Neuroscience Dr. Shawn Bates Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Post-doc Dr. Bates works in the Bhatnagar Lab where he investigates how biological sex is related to chronic stress management and cognition. Profile Page stress, cognition, sex/gender, mental health
Computational Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics Dr. Carlos Jimenez Hoyos Wesleyan University Assistant Professor The Jimenez Hoyos group develops new methods and materials to study various chemical phenomena such as molecular magnets, multi-metal centers in enzymes and catalytic reactions on transition metal surfaces. Faculty Page magnets, metalloproteins, transition metals, quantum embedding
Electrochemistry, Pharmacology Dr. Netz Arroyo Johns Hopkins Medicine Assistant Professor The Arroyo laboratory focuses on the engineering of electrochemical biosensors enabling the continuous, real-time monitoring of therapeutic agents in situ in the body. Lab Website biomedical engineering, electrochemistry, personalized medicine, precision medicine, pharmacokinetics, in-vivo biosensing
Chemical Engineering, Materials Chemistry, Nanotechnology Dr. Raúl Hernández Sánchez University of Pittsburgh Assistant Professor The Hernández Sánchez lab works to develop and synthesize nanosized structures with molecular fidelity, i.e. molecular nanotubes and nanoclusters. These will shed light into structure-function relationships related to electrical conductivity, magnetic, and catalytic properties of materials. Lab Website catalysis, magnetism, molecular nanotubes, synthetic chemistry, nanoclusters
Neuroscience Dr. Nahid Zokaei University of Oxford - Medical Sciences Division Fellow Dr Zokaei investigates the neuromodulation of short- and long-term memories and attention and how these mechanisms are affected by disorders of old-age such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Faculty Page memory, attention, neurodegeneration, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, cognition
Metabolism, Neuroscience, Nutrition Dr. Valerie Darcey NIH - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Post-doc Dr. Darcey is a post-doc in the Hall lab where she investigates the potential effects of diet and nutritional status on our brain physiology and how that may affect our habits and ability to control our impulses. Find out more about her work here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/valerie-darcey-2428a489, and here: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5053-4567 Research Page habits, dopamine, striatum, obesity, nutrition, health equity, diet
Cellular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology Dr. Igor Cestari McGill University Assistant Professor The Cestari Lab investigates the infectious pathogenic family of Kinetoplastics, specifically focusing on their genetic and antigenic diversity as well as their mechanisms of signal transduction. Faculty Page kinetoplastids, allelic diversity, antigen, gene regulation, signaling, parasitology, immune evasion
Neuroscience Dr. John Bryce Ortiz The University of Arizona Post-doc Dr. J. Bryce Ortiz is a post-doc studying the effects of traumatic brain injury-induced endocrine dysfunction and sleep disorders in the pediatric population. ResearchGate Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), stress, gender/sex, hippocampus, memory, hormones, endocrine, sleep
Neuroscience Dr. Gina Poe University of California - Los Angeles Professor The Poe Lab investigates how sleep affects learning and consolidation of memories and how these processes are disrupted in pathologic states such as PTSD. Lab Website sleep, learning, memory, PTSD, Hippocampus