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.
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|Field/Subfield (see Notes for sorted subfields)||Preferred Name||Institution||Position||Description||Website||Website 2||Tags||Date 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||quantum simulations, condensed matter theory, energy, statistical mechanics, big data||November 13, 2019|
|Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics, Electrochemistry, Engineering, Materials Chemistry, Nanotechnology||Dr. Zakaria Y. Al Balushi||University of California - Berkeley||Assistant Professor||The Al Balushi group develops electronic and photonic low-dimensional materials for use in optoelectronics and quantum technologies.||Faculty Page||graphene, semiconductors, chemical vapor deposition, crystal growth, optoelectronics, nanowire growth, Materials Science, materials engineering, electronic materials||July 2, 2020|
|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|
|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|
|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||spliceosome, SWI/SNF complex, transcription, RNA processing, chromatin remodeling||November 13, 2019|
|Biomedical Engineering, Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Nanotechnology||Dr. Jaimie Marie Stewart||California Institute of Technology||Post-doc||Dr. Stewart studies the self-assembly principles of nucleic acids to build DNA and RNA nanostructures for applications such as cellular regulation and biomolecular detection.||RNA, DNA, self-assembly, biomolecular detection, DNA/RNA Nanotechnology||July 29, 2020|
|Education/Pedagogy, Health Equity, Psychology, Public Health||Dr. Sinead Younge||Morehouse College||Professor||The Project Ujima Lab investigates sexual health practices amongst college students, HIV+ adults and Black men, amongst other underserved communities. Dr. Younge and her lab also examine prison reform issues.||Faculty Page||Sexual health, HIV/AIDS, health equity, Prison, carceral system||May 27, 2020|
|Cellular Biology, Genetics, Health Equity, Molecular Biology||Dr. Archie Taylor||Alcorn State University||Assistant Professor||The Taylor lab investigates the genetics underlying cancer, with a focus on the health disparities within the field.||Contact Page||cancer, health equity, genetics||July 7, 2020|
|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||synapses, receptor trafficking, glutamate receptors, auxiliary transmembrane proteins, trans-synaptic adhesion complexes||January 22, 2020|
|Cellular Biology, Medical Mycology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology||Dr. José Vargas-Muñiz||Southern Illinois University Carbondale||Assistant Professor||The Vargas-Muñiz lab investigates how fungi regulate their morphology and adapt to different stresses, specifically focusing on septin proteins and the cytoskeleton.||Lab Website||basic research, fungi, proteomics, stress, morphology, cytoskeleton, septin, fungal pathogens||August 4, 2020|
|Cellular Biology, Endocrinology, Metabolism, Molecular Biology||Dr. Antentor Othrell Hinton Jr. (A.J.)||University of Iowa - Carver College of Medicine||Post-doc||Dr. Hinton, Jr. is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa. In the laboratory of E. Dale Abel, we have found that reduction in OPA1 (Optic Atrophy 1, a mitochondrial dynamin-like GTPase) expression in skeletal muscle results in endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress response and FGF21 secretion. We predicted that there was an association between the loss of OPA1, an increase in ER-Mitochondrial Contact sites, and prevalence of diabetes. Mitochondrial endoplasmic reticulum contact sites (MERCs) are specialized membranes that are enriched with specific proteins believed to be important for calcium flux, lipid transfer, and mitochondria morphology. This observation provides a plausible mechanism linking altered mitochondrial dynamics with the activation of the ER stress response pathway and may give novel insight into how some patients develop insulin resistance. We propose to use this information to provide the foundation for future research that will lead to the discovery of more effective biomarkers that identify insulin resistance in skeletal muscle.||Research Page||Diabetes, mitochondria, insulin, oxidation, nutrition, stress induced-hypertension, mitochondrial and metabolic adaptations in skeletal muscle, heart, brain||April 28, 2020|
|Cancer Biology, Cellular Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology||Dr. Claudia Benavente||University of California - Irvine||Assistant Professor||The Benavente Lab is focused on understanding the chromatin remodeling processes that establish the normal epigenetic landscape in developing tissue, how it can be perturbed to promote carcinogenesis, and provide insight for the development of new therapies. Special focus on pediatric solid tumors, specifically retinoblastoma and osteosarcoma.||Lab Website||pediatric oncology, genetic regulation, epigenetics, retinoblastoma, osteosarcoma, RB1||April 2, 2020|
|Cancer Biology, Cellular Biology, Health Equity, Molecular Biology||Dr. Glenn Simmons Jr||University of Minnesota||Assistant Professor||A broadly trained molecular biologist whose lab studies cancer biology and health disparities using community-based participatory research.||Lab Website||Cancer immunology, health disparities, STEM training||July 7, 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||health equity, Indigenous, ethics, community engagement, data science, Women's Health, biobanking||February 10, 2020|
|Epidemiology, Health Equity, Public Health, Research Ethics||Dr. Francine C. Gachupin||The University of Arizona||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||Program Page||health equity, epidemiology, cancer, diet, hepatitis, diabetes, cognitive impairment, Indigenous, chronic disease, health promotion, human subjects protection||May 13, 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|
|Biochemistry, Gerontology/Geroscience, Health Equity, Proteomics||Dr. Christina King||Vanderbilt University||Post-doc||Dr. King investigates racial disparities in hypertension and Alzheimer's disease using plasma proteomics.||Research Page||basic research, hypertension, Alzheimer's disease, aging||June 29, 2020|
|Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology||Dr. Denise Okafor||Penn State University||Assistant Professor||The Okafor lab investigates the structural and mechanistic underpinnings of protein regulation using molecular dynamics simulations.||Lab Website||allosteric regulation, protein structure and function, functional evolution, molecular dynamics simulations||July 7, 2020|