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 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 dscnatl@gmail.com.

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!
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Type of Research
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Field (see Notes for sorted subfields)Preferred NamePositionDescriptionWebsiteTags
Neuroscience Dr. Nicholas Silva Post-doc Dr. Silva investigates the role of microglia and synaptic dynamics during CNS development. LinkedIn microglia, synapse, development, inflammation, photoreceptors, stem cell, injury, regeneration
Epidemiology Dr. Marilyn D Thomas Post-doc Dr. Thomas investigates the effects of structural racism on morbidity, mortality, and life expectancy. LinkedIn structural racism, institutionalized racism, racial disparities, education, hypertension, coping, mental health
Epidemiology, Health Equity, Public Health, Research Ethics Dr. Francine C. Gachupin Associate Professor The Gachupin group investigates chronic disease and related behavioral risk factors within Native American/American Indian communities. (https://www.facebook.com/francine.gachupin) Faculty Page health equity, epidemiology, cancer, diet, hepatitis, diabetes, cognitive impairment, Indigenous, chronic disease, health promotion, human subjects protection
Metabolism, Neuroscience Dr. Frankie D. Heyward Post-doc Dr. Heyward is a post-doc in the Rosen Lab who investigates the effects of obesity on neural processes, specifically focusing on the transcriptional targets of STAT3 in neurons. Linked In obesity, transcription regulation, diabetes
Neuroscience Dr. Ana-Clara Bobadilla Research Assistant Professor Dr. Bobadilla is a behavioral and molecular biologist with a focus on addiction and goal-directed behaviors. Her research addresses the differences between how the brain processes seeking if natural rewards (such as food or water) and drugs of abuse. ResearchGate addiction, reward, cocaine, sucrose, rodent behavior, neuronal ensembles
Neuroscience Dr. Osama Ahmed (Sama) Post-doc Dr. Ahmed investigates neural mechanisms that coordinate distinct behaviors in Drosophila. Google Scholar behavior, Drosophila, multitasking, motor control, courtship song, systems neuroscience
Neuroscience Dr. Heather Snell Post-doc Dr. Snell investigates the intrinsic activity of cerebellar Purkinje cells and their role in cerebellar disorders such as ataxias and dystonias. Twitter Handle: @HeatherDSnell Research Page purkinje cells, GABA, ataxia, dystonia, movement
Materials Chemistry, Thermodynamics Dr. Jorge A. Muñoz Assistant Professor The Muñoz group investigates thermodynamics and systems in disequilibrium using computational modeling and machine learning. Lab Website thermal expansion, chaos, computational physics
Cellular Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology Dr. Chynna N. Broxton Post-doc Dr. Broxton investigates genetic mitochondrial disorders including those related to superoxide dismutases and mitochondrial respiration. LinkedIn mitochondria, cellular respiration, candida albicans
Neuroscience Dr. Cristina Banuelos Post-doc Dr. Banuelos investigates the neurobiological mechanisms underlying age-related cognitive decline. Google Scholar GABA, prefrontal cortex, memory, behavior, aging, basal forebrain