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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Epigenetics, Genetics, Neuroscience, Psychology Dr. Janitza L. Montalvo-Ortiz Yale University Assistant Professor The Montalvo-Ortiz lab investigates the underlying genetic/epigenetic basis of psychiatric disorders and how traumatic events increase risk for mental disorders. Faculty Page trauma, mental illness, psychiatry, substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, child abuse, depression
Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics, Computational Chemistry, Energy, Materials Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry Dr. Jose Mendoza-Cortes Florida State University Assistant Professor The Mendoza-Cortes lab studies a wide array of topics lying at the intersection of machine learning, condensed matter physics and materials chemistry. Lab Website quantum simulations, condensed matter theory, energy, statistical mechanics, big data
Neuroscience Dr. Benjamin Suarez-Jimenez Columbia University Assistant Professor The Suarez-Jimenez lab uses virtual reality and multimodal MRI to investigate neural signatures of anxiety and PTSD as well as location-specific contextual learning and overgeneralization. Faculty Page learning, mental illness, PTSD, anxiety, MRI, Conditioning, virtual reality
Neuroscience Dr. Francisco Sotres-Bayón Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Associate Professor The Sotres-Bayon lab investigates how the brain uses previous emotional experiences to guide survival decisions in rats. Faculty Page motivation, behavior, fear, safety, reward, emotion, prefrontal, amygdala
Psychology Dr. Leah M. Adams George Mason University Assistant Professor Dr. Adams’ research group, the Mental & Physical Health and Behavior (M-PHAB) Laboratory, investigates the psychosocial aspects of adaptation to illness and injury. They also examine how factors operating at various levels (e.g., intrapersonal, interpersonal, structural) affect health risk and promotion among vulnerable populations (including racial/ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities, women, and criminal justice system-involved adults). Faculty Page HIV, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), chronic pain, chronic illness, disability, injury, adaptation
Neuroscience Dr. Irving E. Vega Michigan State University Associate Professor The Vega lab investigates the proteome changes associated with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. They are also interested in developing evidence-based strategies to promote health equity. Lab Website tau filaments, neurodegeneration, health equity, tauopathy, Alzheimer’s disease, proteomics, biomarkers
Metabolism, Microbiology Dr. Juliana Vasco Correa The Ohio State University Post-doc Dr. Vasco Correa works in the Shah Lab to investigate how we can harness anaerobic digestion in bacteria to generate renewable energy. LinkedIn anaerobic digestion, metabolism, renewable energy
Applied Mathematics, Computational Neuroscience, Neuroscience Dr. Gabrielle Gutierrez University of Washington Post-doc Dr. Gutierrez is a post-doc in the Shea-Brown and Rieke labs where she investigates how local neuron properties influence the behavior of neural circuits and networks. She is interested in understanding the algorithms of the brain. Website circuitry, modeling, processing, perception
Materials Chemistry Dr. Efrain Rodriguez University of Maryland Associate Professor The Rodriguez group is working to discover new materials to be used in superconductors as well as the magnetic properties of transition metal oxides and their use in energy conversion. Faculty Page transition metals, super conductors, chalcogenides, solid state, magnetics, hollandites, ferrotorodic materials, energy conversion, oxygen storage materials
Neuroscience Dr. Freddyson J. Martinez-Rivera Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Post-doc Dr. Martinez-Rivera works in the Nestler Lab to investigate the impact of extinction-based therapy (model) on the addictive transcriptome. Previously, he worked (postdoc) in the Quirk lab studying the neural correlates of translational models for OCD and PTSD. Lab Page substance abuse, addiction, depression, extinction, OCD, PTSD, stress