Speakers List

A recurring issue at conferences and seminars is the underwhelming number of minority 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 underrepresented minority scientists across every field of STEM. 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 the sharing ideas and collaborating. See our “Best practices” page for tips on how to create an inclusive environment. If you find a speaker but are unable to find their contact information online, you can reach out to us at dscnatl@gmail.com. Also, please email nominations for scientists to be on our list to DSCnatl@gmail.com!

We are not the only resource out there! Check out these websites for other lists highlighting historically disenfranchised groups:
– General: International Forum for Cell Biology Speaker’s List
– Hispanics in STEM: National Hispanic Science Network
– LGBTQ+ in STEM: 500 Queer Scientists in STEM
– Women in neuroscience: Anne’s List
– Women & URM scientists: Keystone Symposia
– Diversity in Chemistry: Diversify Chemistry
– Latinx Scientists in STEM: NIH List
– Black Mathematicians: Mathematically Gifted & Black

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Field/SubfieldPreferred NameInstitutionPositionDescriptionWebsiteWebsite 2TagsDate Updated
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 Twitter quantum simulations, condensed matter theory, energy, statistical mechanics, big data November 13, 2019
Biomedical Engineering, Imaging, Materials Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience Dr. Abraham Beyene HHMI - Janelia Research Campus Principal Investigator The Beyene lab harnesses the short-wave infrared (SWIR) spectrum to develop new imaging tools for neuroscience. Additionally, they are working to develop new reagents for imaging including biogenic amines and neuropeptides. Lab Website neurochemistry, neuroimaging, short-wave infrared, near-infrared, neuropeptides, neuromodulators, biogenic amines, toolmaking March 28, 2020
Clinical - Neurology, Clinical - Psychology, Health Equity, Neuroscience, Psychology Dr. Jorge Llibre-Guerra Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Post-doc Dr. Llibre investigates health disparities in dementia as well as the neuropsychology and biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease. Recent work focuses on the influence of life course behavioral risk/protective factors on AD pathogenesis, cognitive decline, and biomarker rate of change. Research Page Profile dementia, biomarkers, Alzheimer's disease, cognition, health equity March 25, 2020
Cellular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology Dr. Igor Cestari McGill University Assistant Professor The Cestari Lab investigates the infectious pathogenic family of Kinetoplastics, specifically focusing on their genetic and antigenic diversity as well as their mechanisms of signal transduction. Faculty Page kinetoplastids, allelic diversity, antigen, gene regulation, signaling, parasitology, immune evasion February 23, 2020
Biochemistry, Cellular Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, RNA splicing Dr. Tracy Johnson University of California - Los Angeles Professor The Johnson Lab investigates the mechanisms underlying gene regulation. They are particularly interested in the process of RNA splicing and how spliceosomes recognize splice sites cotranscriptionally, in the context of a chromatin environment and in response to changes in the cell’s environment. Lab Website Twitter spliceosome, SWI/SNF complex, transcription, RNA processing, chromatin remodeling November 13, 2019
Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology Dr. Elva Denise Diaz University of California - Davis Professor The Diaz Lab investigates the role of transmembrane proteins (i.e. the AMPA receptor auxiliary factors SynDIG/Prrt and the trans-synaptic adhesion GPCR complex Bai2) at excitatory synapses in the brain using a combination of molecular, cellular, biochemical, and electrophysiology approaches. Faculty Page Twitter synapses, receptor trafficking, glutamate receptors, auxiliary transmembrane proteins, trans-synaptic adhesion complexes January 22, 2020
Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Genetics, Health Equity Krystal Tsosie Vanderbilt University Ph.D. Candidate, Co-Principal Investigator Krystal investigates the underlying genetic determinants of pre-eclampsia in a US American Indian population. She also has co-founded the first Indigenous-led biobank for tribes in the US, and studies community engagement and ethics related to genomics research in Indigenous populations. Lab Website Twitter health equity, Indigenous, ethics, community engagement, data science, Women's Health, biobanking February 10, 2020
Epidemiology, Metabolism, Nutrition, Reproduction/Fertility Dr. Jorge Chavarro Harvard University Associate Professor The Chavarro group investigates how nutrition impacts reproduction throughout the life course with a focus on fertility in males (semen quality) and females (ovulation, implantation, embryonic survival, etc) and common complications of pregnancy (hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, gestational diabetes). Faculty Page obesity, fertility, pregnancy, diet January 13, 2020
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 Twitter trauma, mental illness, psychiatry, substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, child abuse, depression November 13, 2019
Engineering, Health Equity, Ophthalmology, Sociology Dr. Logan Williams University of Maryland Lecturer Mechanical Engineer and Social Scientist studies technology users, technology design and technology governance (in global health and information technology). Personal Website engineering ethics, engineering design, global health, health equity, undone technology, orphan technology, frugal innovation, generative justice March 22, 2020
Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology Dr. Matt Anderson The Ohio State University Assistant Professor The Anderson lab uses C. albicans to study how genetic diversity and dynamic genomes contributes to variation within a population. Lab Website Twitter yeast, C. albicans, evolution, aneuploidy, genetic variation January 13, 2020
Computational Neuroscience, Neuroscience, Psychology Dr. Anna Jafarpour University of Washington Post-doc, Instructor Dr. Jafarpour investigates the mechanisms behind our encoding and retrieving of memories. Research Page Twitter encoding, memory, retrieval, perception January 13, 2020
Developmental Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychology Dr. Gabriela Manzano Nieves Weill Cornell Medicine Post-doc Dr. Manzano Nieves is a post-doc at the Liston Lab where she investigates how various neuronal subpopulations of cells differentially regulate cognitive processes during postnatal development. ResearchGate Twitter neuronal circuits, development, learning and memory, stress, fear, reward November 18, 2019
Computational Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics Dr. Carlos Jimenez Hoyos Wesleyan University Assistant Professor The Jimenez Hoyos group develops new methods and materials to study various chemical phenomena such as molecular magnets, multi-metal centers in enzymes and catalytic reactions on transition metal surfaces. Faculty Page magnets, metalloproteins, transition metals, quantum embedding February 16, 2020
Developmental Biology, Ecology, Evolution Dr. Kory Evans Brown University Post-doc Dr. Evans is a post-doc using fish skulls to study the evolution of phenotypic diversity and how interactions between our genomes and the environment influence the development of certain traits. Research Website Twitter phylogeny, ontogeny, variation, phenotypic diversity, environment March 6, 2020
Computational Biology, Epigenetics, Metabolism Dr. Jason Torres University of Oxford Post-doc Dr. Torres investigates genetic mechanisms involved in type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders by integrating data on genetic fine-mapping, gene regulation, and epigenomic features (e.g. chromatin accessibility and interactions). Research Page Diabetes, non-coding regions, gene regulation, beta cells January 13, 2020
Chemical Engineering, Materials Chemistry, Nanotechnology Dr. Raúl Hernández Sánchez University of Pittsburgh Assistant Professor The Hernández Sánchez lab works to develop and synthesize nanosized structures with molecular fidelity, i.e. molecular nanotubes and nanoclusters. These will shed light into structure-function relationships related to electrical conductivity, magnetic, and catalytic properties of materials. Lab Website catalysis, magnetism, molecular nanotubes, synthetic chemistry, nanoclusters February 22, 2020
Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences Dr. Vernon Morris Howard University Full Professor The Morris Group tracks the levels of trace gases and aerosols in urban environments and how small aerosolized particles are travel over long ranges. Faculty Page aerosols, aerobiology, climate, weather, environmental health March 6, 2020
Analytical Chemistry, Energy, Materials Chemistry Dr. Joaquín Rodríguez-López University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Associate Professor Our research focuses on characterizing heterogeneous electrode materials and generating new strategies to advance electrochemical energy technologies and sensing. We aim to pioneer methods of analysis at the nano- and micro-scale for understanding how electrode structure, shape and size, as well as the formation of chemical intermediates, impact the performance of materials and interfaces for batteries, fuel cells, and solar technologies. Lab Website Twitter electrochemistry, batteries, imaging, electrocatalysis, fuel cell, photoelectrocatalysis November 13, 2019
Analytical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Sustainable Energy Dr. Natalia Gonzalez-Pech Hope College Assistant Professor The GOCH group develops ecofriendly nanomaterials to be used in water remediation and sustainable energy practices. Lab Website Twitter Nanotechnology, inorganic chemistry, materials science, environmental engineering, sustainable energy January 13, 2020