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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Neuroscience, Physiology Dr. Lucas Albrechet-Souza Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans Instructor Dr. Albrechet-Souza’s research interest are broadly focused on understanding changes in brain mechanisms induced by traumatic stress in rodents, with emphasis in the involvement of corticotropin-releasing factor and endocannabinoids in discrete brain areas on stress-induced dysregulated behavior, including anxiety, avoidance and escalation of alcohol consumption. Faculty Page traumatic stress, PTSD, endocannabinoids, CRF, anxiety, avoidance, alcohol
Neuroscience Dr. Jose Rodrígeuz-Romaguera University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Assistant Professor The Rodríguez-Romaguera lab investigates the neural mechanisms that mediate the hyperarousal states that emerge in many psychiatric disorders. They use a combination of in vivo optical tools that allow for single cell dissection in mice as a model system. Lab Website anxiety, autism, hyperarousal, emotion, motivation, amygdala, single-cell, calcium imaging, optogenetics
Microbiology Dr. Tiara Perez Morales Benedictine University Assistant Professor The Perez Morales lab investigates how lactobacilli use quorom sensing (specifically the transcriptional regulator Rgg) to sense and respond to environmental conditions. Lab Website Lactobacilli, cell-cell communication, quorum sensing, microbiome
Neuroscience Dr. Maria Diehl Kansas State University Assistant Professor The Diehl Faryna Lab investigates the changes in neural circuitry that accompany fear- and anxiety-inducing stimuli with the goal of understanding why some individuals recover from trauma while others develop neuropsychiatric diseases (i.e. PTSD). Lab Website trauma, fear, anxiety, resilience, post-traumatic stress disorder, optogenetics
Medical Mycology, Microbiology Dr. Jesus Antonio Romo Tufts University Post-doc Dr. Romo works in the Kumamoto laboratory at Tufts University School of Medicine investigating the effects of Candida species during infection by bacterial pathogens in the context of the gastrointestinal tract. Please visit https://www.asm.org/Biographies/Jesus-Antonio-Romo for his podcast. Research Page human microbiome, mycobiome, fungus, GI tract, C. difficile, Candida
Neuroscience Dr. Marcelo Febo University of Florida - College of Medicine Assistant Professor, Program Director of Translational Imaging The Febo Lab uses fMRIs to longitudinally investigates drug response in the cognitive and emotional centers of rats’ brains. Faculty Page brain imaging, neuroimaging, fMRI, cognition, emotion, drug addiction, cocaine, dopamine, oxytocin, vasopressin, prefrontal cortex, motivation
Biochemistry, Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology Dr. Jorge Torres University of California - Los Angeles Professor The Torres Lab investigates the mechanisms behind mitotic microtubule spindle formation in cell division. Lab Website cell cycle, cell division, spindle assembly, microtubules, motor proteins, phosphatase, methyltransferase, ubiquitin ligase, computational modeling
Psychology Dr. Glorisa J. Canino University of Puerto Rico Full Professor The Canino Lab investigates rates of depression amongst Latina/o/x youth and the epigentics of pediatric asthma. Faculty Page epidemiology, asthma, mental health, epigenetics, Latino/a/x
Materials Chemistry, Nanotechnology Dr. Erick Vasquez University of Dayton Assistant Professor The Vasquez Lab works on developing stable, multifunctional surfaces based on inorganic nanoparticles (ie silver, gold, and silica) combined with polymers. These materials can be used downstream in processes such as water purification, biofuel production, etc. Lab Website nanotechnology, inorganic
Neuroscience Dr. Fabricio H. Do Monte, DVM, PhD The University of Texas - Health Science Center at Houston Assistant Professor The Do Monte Lab focuses on understanding the neural circuits and mechanisms underlying emotional memories. We are particularly interested in elucidating how fear- and reward-associated memories interact to generate the most adaptive behavioral responses. Lab Website neural circuits, emotion, behavior, optogenetics, in vivo electrophysiological recordings, fear, reward, memory, substance abuse.