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
– Women & URM scientists: Keystone Symposia
– Diversity in Chemistry: Diversify Chemistry
– Latinx Scientists in STEM: NIH List

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Field/SubfieldPreferred NameInstitutionPositionDescriptionWebsiteWebsite 2Tags
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Epidemiology, Nutrition, Statistics Dr. Daniela Sotres-Alvarez University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Associate Professor Dr. Sotres-Alvarez's research experience and interest includes addressing measurement error in dietary intake and physical activity and assessing its impact in the association of these exposures with health outcomes, particularly in Hispanic and Latinx populations. Faculty Page Pubmed Page Health equity, diet, exercise, obesity
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
Immunology, Microbiology, Virology Dr. Oliver I Fregoso University of California - Los Angeles Assistant Professor The Fregoso Lab investigates the life cycle and evolution of primate lentiviruses such as HIV. They are currently focused on how DNA damage response proteins and pathways regulate lentiviral replication. Lab Website Twitter HIV, evolution, DNA damage response, host pathogen interaction, lentivirus, innate immunity
Biophysics, Neuroscience, Physiology Dr. Anel Jaramillo Vanderbilt University Post-doc Dr. Jaramillo is a post-doc in the Winder Lab where she investigates the physiology underlying anxiety and alcohol use disorders and how it can be harnessed to provide effective pharmacotherapies. ResearchGate Twitter substance abuse, alcohol, plasticity, glutamate, striatal cortex, stress, anxiety, behavior, addiction, pharmacology
Nutrition, Public Health Dr. Josiemer Mattei Harvard University Associate Professor The Mattei group investigates the genetic, dietary, and psychosocial risk factors for obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in underserved populations. The group conducts research using population-based cohort studies, mixed-methods approaches, and community-based and clinical interventions. Faculty Page obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, race/ethnicity, health disparities, diet, stress, Hispanics/Latinos
Nutrition, Public Health Dr. Uriyoán Colón-Ramos The George Washington University Associate Professor The Colón-Ramos group investigates dietary disparities in the US and globally. They have many years of experience working among Hispanic subgroups in the US, Latin America and the Caribbean, among others. The goal of this work is to inform and contributing to policy change. Faculty Page diet, food security, food sovereignty, policy, cardiometabolic risk, diabetes
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