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 NameInstitutionPositionDescriptionWebsiteTagsDate Updated
Cancer Biology, Pharmacology Dr. Tamaro Hudson Howard University Assistant Professor The Hudson Lab evaluates biomarkers as a way to investigate the potential uses of conventional and natural compounds as cancer therapeutics, specifically looking at the effects to muscadine grape skin extract on prostate cancer. Faculty Page Prostate cancer, cancer therapeutics, androgens, heat shock proteins (HSP), phospholipids, protease Inhibitors September 11, 2019
Microbiology Dr. Karl Thompson Howard University Assistant Professor The Thompson Lab investigates bacterial response to stress, particularly looking into chemical modifications of RNA and its effect on gene expression regulation. ResearchGate Profile stress response, bacteriology, gene regulation, RNA expression September 11, 2019
Genetics Dr. Tiffany Oliver Spelman College Associate Professor The Oliver Lab investigates recombination, meiosis nondisjunction and aneuploidy. Specifically, Dr. Oliver looks at the effects of these events on birth defects, pregnancy loss, etc. Faculty Page Recombination, meiosis, nondisjunction (NDJ), aneuploidy, chromosomal instability (CIN), Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21 September 11, 2019
Epidemiology, Genetics Dr. Candace Middlebrooks NIH - National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Post-doc Dr. Middlebrooks harnesses whole exome sequencing data to investigate the genetic underpinnings of leg ulcer development in sickle cell patients. Dr. Middlebrooks is a postdoctoral fellow in the Bailey Wilson Lab. Lab Page sickle cell, ulcers, whole exome sequencing, microbiome, computational biology, statistical genomics, epidemiology, genetics September 11, 2019
Ecology, Microbiology Dr. Adriana Romero-Olivares University of New Hampshire Post-doc Dr. Romero-Olivares investigates how changes in the ecosystem (especially those pertaining to global climate change) affect microbial adaptation and evolution. Website climate change, global warming, microbiomes, fungi September 17, 2019
Genetics, Statistical Genetics Dr. Timothy Thornton University of Washington Associate Professor The Thornton lab develops and applies statistical methods and software for the analysis of large-scale genetic data to gain a better understanding of the genetic contributions to human health and diseases. His research largely focuses on genetic analyses in ancestrally diverse populations, and particularly U.S. minority populations who often bear a disproportionate burden for many diseases, including African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Faculty Page statistics, genetics, relatedness, ancestry admixture, population structure September 23, 2019
Genetics Dr. Athena Starlard-Davenport The University of Tennessee Assistant Professor The Davenport lab investigates the mechanisms behind breast cancer and possible therapeutics for Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Her lab also looks at how potential differences (i.e. in the microbiome, environment, immune system) between African American women and non-Hispanic white women may affect their cancer outcomes. Faculty Page environment, epigenetics, Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC), cancer disparities, obesity, immunology, microbiome, miRNA, sickle cell disease September 23, 2019
Probability, Stochastics Dr. Moustapha Pemy Towson University Professor The Pemy Lab applies principles of stochastics, including Lévy processes and Markovian modeling, to financial analysis to optimize trading strategies. Faculty Page Markov modeling, financial analysis, applied mathematics, stochastics, Lévy processes October 1, 2019
Combinatorics, Group Theory Dr. Lindsey-Kay Lauderdale Towson University Assistant Professor Dr. Lauderdale's research lies in an intersection of the areas of combinators and group theory. In particular, her research can be summarized by finding solutions to the following question. How can a given finite group be associated to the structure of a combinatorial object? Faculty Page group theory, automorphisms, permutations October 14, 2019
Analytical Chemistry, Energy, Materials Chemistry Dr. Joaquín Rodríguez-López University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Associate Professor Our research focuses on characterizing heterogeneous electrode materials and generating new strategies to advance electrochemical energy technologies and sensing. We aim to pioneer methods of analysis at the nano- and micro-scale for understanding how electrode structure, shape and size, as well as the formation of chemical intermediates, impact the performance of materials and interfaces for batteries, fuel cells, and solar technologies. Lab Website electrochemistry, batteries, imaging, electrocatalysis, fuel cell, photoelectrocatalysis October 16, 2019