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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|
|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|
|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|