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 email@example.com.
NOTES ON USING OUR LIST
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! If you would like to clear your search, press the “Clear” button (next to the “Submit” button).
|Field (see Notes for sorted subfields)||Preferred Name||Institution||Position||Description||Website||Tags|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Combinatorics||Dr. Opel Jones||Towson University||Assistant Professor||The Jones Group investigates pattern avoidance in permutations, specifically looking at Dumont permutation avoidance.||Faculty Page||enumerative combinatorics, pattern avoidance, minimal occurrence, Dumont permutation, Genocchi numbers|