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. 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
– Diversity in Chemistry: Diversify Chemistry
– Latinx Scientists in STEM: NIH List

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Genetics, Statistical Genetics Dr. Timothy Thornton University of Washington Associate Professor The Thornton lab develops and applies statistical methods and software for the analysis of large-scale genetic data to gain a better understanding of the genetic contributions to human health and diseases. His research largely focuses on genetic analyses in ancestrally diverse populations, and particularly U.S. minority populations who often bear a disproportionate burden for many diseases, including African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Faculty Page statistics, genetics, relatedness, ancestry admixture, population structure
Ecology, Microbiology Dr. Adriana Romero-Olivares University of New Hampshire Post-doc Dr. Romero-Olivares investigates how changes in the ecosystem (especially those pertaining to global climate change) affect microbial adaptation and evolution. Website climate change, global warming, microbiomes, fungi
Clinical - Obstetrics/gynecology, Neuroscience Dr. Kedra Wallace The University of Mississippi Associate Professor The Wallace Lab studies the relationship between hypertension and inflammation during pregnancy with post-partum depression, anxiety and cognitive decline through via basic science, translational and clinical research studies. The Wallace lab also looks at the effect of uterine fibroids on women's mental health while trying to understand the basic pathogenesis of uterine fibroids. Facebook Page preeclampsia, hypertension, pregnancy, HELLP syndrome, uterine fibroids, depression, anxiety
Theoretical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry Dr. Clyde A. Daly Jr. Johns Hopkins University Post-doc Dr. Daly works in the Hernandez Lab to investigate interactions between nanoparticles, cell membranes and proteins. Additionally, he is modeling nanoparticle toxicity using machine learning. Google Scholar Page nanoparticles, machine learning, cell membrane, protein
Clinical - Psychology, Developmental Psychology Dr. Claudia Lugo-Candelas Columbia University Medical Center Assistant Professor Dr. Lugo-Candelas is an Assistant Professor in the Posner Lab studying the prenatal exposures that increase risk for impulse control disorders in children. Specifically, she is interested in the role of maternal inflammation as a risk factor for ADHD. Faculty Page Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), childhood psychology, obesity, perinatal care, neuroimaging
Clinical - Cardiology, Neuroscience Dr. Olujimi A. Ajijola University of California - Los Angeles Assistant Professor The Ajijola Lab investigates neural regulation of the heart and cardiovascular system, and develops neuroscience-based therapies for cardiovascular diseases. Lab Website electrophysiology, arrhythmia, innervation, neurocardiology, autonomic nervous system (ANS), viral engineering, heart failure, myocardial infarction
Chemical Engineering, Materials Chemistry Dr. Maria Carreon South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Assistant Professor The Carreon Garciduenas lab investigates the synthesis of new materials derived from: ammonia, carbamates, carbon dioxide, graphene, organic metals, and zeolite. Lab Website plasma catalysis, nanotechnology, low temperature/low pressure synthesis
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 Twitter nanotechnology, inorganic
Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry Dr. Luisa Whittaker-Brooks The University of Utah Assistant Professor The Whittaker-Brooks Lab investigates novel inorganic and organic nanomaterials that can be used in solar energy, thermoelectrics, batteries and electronics. Lab Website synthetic inorganic-organic chemistry, spectroscopy, nanofabrication, renewable energy
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 Twitter human microbiome, mycobiome, fungus, GI tract, C. difficile, Candida
Photochemistry, Materials Chemistry Dr. Steven A. Lopez Northeastern University Assistant Professor The Lopez group uses modern computational methods to determine the mechanisms of organic photochemical reactions in collaboration with experimentalists. Lab Website Twitter photochemistry, photovoltaics (OPVs), sustainable energy, machine learning, Covalent organic frameworks (COFs)
Cancer Biology, Pharmacology Dr. Tamaro Hudson Howard University Assistant Professor The Hudson Lab evaluates biomarkers as a way to investigate the potential uses of conventional and natural compounds as cancer therapeutics, specifically looking at the effects to muscadine grape skin extract on prostate cancer. Faculty Page Prostate cancer, cancer therapeutics, androgens, heat shock proteins (HSP), phospholipids, protease Inhibitors
Combinatorics, Group Theory Dr. Lindsey-Kay Lauderdale Towson University Assistant Professor Dr. Lauderdale's research lies in an intersection of the areas of combinators and group theory. In particular, her research can be summarized by finding solutions to the following question. How can a given finite group be associated to the structure of a combinatorial object? Faculty Page group theory, automorphisms, permutations