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
Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, Cellular Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology Dr. Carlos S. Moreno Emory College Associate Professor My main research interests are in translational cancer bioinformatics, to identify diagnostic markers for more effective and refined therapies, to identify new potential therapeutic targets, and to better understand the biology of tumor progression. My lab has identified several genes that are strongly correlated with prostate cancer progression. Faculty Page Cancer Genomics, Cancer Bioinformatics, Biomarkers, Transcriptional Regulation, Prostate Cancer August 4, 2020
Neuroscience, Psychology Dr. Ayanna Thomas Tufts University Director, Professor The Thomas lab investigates episodic memory failure and how retrieval of memories can be biased. Lab Website cognition, memory, retrieval, episodic memory, bias, encoding, cognitive aging, eyewitness memory, metacognition August 26, 2020
Epigenetics, Genetics, Plant Sciences Dr. Xuehua Zhong University of Wisconsin-Madison Associate Professor The Zhong lab investigates the epigenetic mechanisms underlying plant cell differentiation and environmental adaptation. Lab Website differentiation, development, epigenetics, chromatin, environment, adaptation, biomass August 26, 2020
Earth Sciences, Geology Dr. Lucas Zoet University of Wisconsin-Madison Assistant Professor The Zoet lab investigates the physics of glacier motion. Lab Website seismicity, glaciers, deglaciation, erosion August 26, 2020
Agriculture, Plant Sciences Dr. Amaya Atucha University of Wisconsin-Madison Assistant Professor The Atucha lab investigates fruit crop responses to environmental stress, specifically looking at the ability of fruits crops to withstand freezing temperature. Faculty Page fruit crop production, plant ecophysiology, cold hardiness August 26, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Lucas Pinto Northwestern University Assistant Professor The Pinto lab investigates the neural mechanisms underlying cognition and decision-making. He specifically looks at how cortical areas interact at large scales to support decision-making, and how the cognitive demands of different tasks modulate cortical dynamics. Lab Website neural mechanisms, cognition, decision-making August 28, 2020
Clinical - Neurology, Neuroscience Dr. Michele Veldsman University of Oxford Post-doc Dr. Veldsman's research looks at the impact of ageing, dementia syndromes and stroke on functional and structural networks in the human brain. Research Page cognitive neurology, dementia, stroke, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), ageing August 28, 2020
Epidemiology, Nutrition, Public Health Dr. Alejandra Jáuregui de la Mota Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública Department Chair The Department of Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles, led by Dr. Jáuregui de la Mota, investigates the impact of health policies and environmental modifications on healthy lifestyles, including diet and physical activity. She has a special interest in physical activity promotion among children. Google Scholar obesity, malnutrition, exercise, nutrition labels, physical education August 31, 2020
Cellular Biology, Embryology, Genetics, Molecular Biology Dr. Anita Quintana The University of Texas at El Paso Assistant Professor The Quintana lab investigates the cellular mechanisms underlying congenital human disorders by using developing zebrafish embryo as a model. Faculty Page genetics, multiple congenital anomaly syndromes (MCAs), craniofacial abnormalities, learning ability August 31, 2020
Clinical - Neurology, Gerontology/Geroscience, Health Equity, Nursing Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi University of Wisconsin-Madison Assistant Professor Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi studies care delivery and disparities among persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Major areas of foci in her research program include: treatment and utilization disparities, symptom management and caregiver support, and issues in research ethics and equity. Faculty Page Alzheimer's disease, dementia, nursing, geriatrics, symptom management, research ethics September 1, 2020