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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NOTES ON USING OUR LIST
1) At this point in time, we don’t post our speakers’ emails publicly. If you find a speaker but are unable to find their contact information online, you can reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Please see here for a list of sorted subfields.
|Field/Subfield (see Notes for sorted subfields)||Preferred Name||Institution||Position||Description||Website||Website 2||Tags||Date Updated|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Fabricio H. Do Monte, DVM, PhD||The University of Texas - Health Science Center at Houston||Assistant Professor||The Do Monte Lab focuses on understanding the neural circuits and mechanisms underlying emotional memories. We are particularly interested in elucidating how fear- and reward-associated memories interact to generate the most adaptive behavioral responses.||Lab Website||neural circuits, emotion, behavior, optogenetics, in vivo electrophysiological recordings, fear, reward, memory, substance abuse.||November 13, 2019|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Benjamin Suarez-Jimenez||Columbia University||Assistant Professor||The Suarez-Jimenez lab uses virtual reality and multimodal MRI to investigate neural signatures of anxiety and PTSD as well as location-specific contextual learning and overgeneralization.||Faculty Page||ResearchGate||learning, mental illness, PTSD, anxiety, MRI, Conditioning, virtual reality||November 13, 2019|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Francisco Sotres-Bayón||Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México||Associate Professor||The Sotres-Bayon lab investigates how the brain uses previous emotional experiences to guide survival decisions in rats.||Faculty Page||GoogleScholar||motivation, behavior, fear, safety, reward, emotion, prefrontal, amygdala||November 13, 2019|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Irving E. Vega||Michigan State University||Associate Professor||The Vega lab investigates the proteome changes associated with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. They are also interested in developing evidence-based strategies to promote health equity.||Lab Website||tau filaments, neurodegeneration, health equity, tauopathy, Alzheimer’s disease, proteomics, biomarkers||November 13, 2019|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Freddyson J. Martinez-Rivera||Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai||Post-doc||Dr. Martinez-Rivera works in the Nestler Lab to investigate the impact of extinction-based therapy (model) on the addictive transcriptome. Previously, he worked (postdoc) in the Quirk lab studying the neural correlates of translational models for OCD and PTSD.||Lab Page||substance abuse, addiction, depression, extinction, OCD, PTSD, stress||November 13, 2019|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Anthony Burgos-Robles||The University of Texas at San Antonio||Assistant Professor||The Burgos-Robles Lab investigates how chronic stress can alter neural pathways and increase risk for mental disorders.||Faculty Page||stress, mental illness, reward, amygdala, cognition, emotion, motivation, optogenetics, neurophysiology||November 19, 2019|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Mario Penzo||NIH - National Institute of Mental Health||Principal Investigator||The Penzo lab investigates the neuronal circuitry underlying formation/regulation of affective memories and susceptibility to stress.||Faculty Page||memory, emotion, stress, optogenetics, electrophysiology||November 18, 2019|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Yarimar Carrasquillo||NIH - Intramural Research Program||Principal Investigator||The Carrasquillo lab investigates mechanisms in the amygdala underlying pathological pain states.||Faculty Page||pain, amygdala, limbic system, tactile hypersensitivity, ion channels, neuronal excitability, synaptic transmission||November 19, 2019|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Tahra Eissa||University of Colorado - Boulder||Research Associate||Dr. Eissa works to develop new models of decision making in dynamic environments. Her previous work has focused on neural activity during seizures using electrophysiological recordings and computational models.||Research Page||seizure, decision making, epilepsy, plasticity, learning||November 21, 2019|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Angélica Torres-Berrío||Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai||Post-doc||Dr. Torres-Berrío is a post-doc in the Nestler Lab investigating the epigenetic mechanisms underlying depression and early life stress.||ResearchGate||stress, depression, miRNAs, prefrontal cortex, biomarkers||November 26, 2019|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Christian Bravo-Rivera||Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory||Post-doc||Dr. Bravo-Rivera is a post-doc in the Li lab where he investigates how communication between the ventral pallidum and the lateral habenula affect reward-seeking and punishment-avoiding behavior.||Profile Page||reward, punishment, motivation, retrieval, extinction||December 3, 2019|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Alberto Cruz-Martín||Boston University||Assistant Professor||The Cruz-Martín lab investigates what guides the development of synaptic connections in the neocortex and how these processes malfunction in neurodevelopmental disorders.||Lab Website||neocortex, motor control, sensory processing, neural networks, cognition, optogenetics, fragile X, plasticity||December 5, 2019|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Fidel Santamaria||The University of Texas at San Antonio||Professor||The Santamaria lab investigates how Purkinje cells in the cerebellum help process and store information. Additionally, he is working to model neural networks using fractional order differential equations.||Lab Website||computational neuroscience, cerebellum, Purkinje, engram, memory, neural networks||December 17, 2019|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Natalia De Marco García||Weill Cornell Medicine||Associate Professor||The De Marco García lab investigates how electrical activity mediated by inhibitory neurons affects the development of cortical networks.||Lab Website||development, neurodevelopment, neural regulation, neurotransmitters, glutamate, GABA||January 13, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Luis de la Torre-Ubieta||University of California - Los Angeles||Assistant Professor||The De La Torre-Ubieta group investigates the genetic underpinnings regulating neurodevelopment in the neocortex.||Lab Website||Development, stem cells, organoids, gene regulation, non-coding regions, autism, schizophrenia, Mental Health||January 6, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Lillian Brady||Vanderbilt University||Post-doc||Dr. Brady is a post-doc in the Calipari lab where she investigates the physiological mechanisms underlying learning.||ResearchGate||learning, behavior, substance use, reward, dopamine||February 4, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Alberto Lopez||Vanderbilt University||Post-doc||Dr. Lopez is a post-doc in the Calipari lab where he investigates the neural and epigenetic mechanisms underlying drug-seeking behavior.||GoogleScholar||substance use, relapse, reward, motivation, epigenetics, nicotine, cocaine||February 6, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Shawn Bates||Children's Hospital of Philadelphia||Post-doc||Dr. Bates works in the Bhatnagar Lab where he investigates how biological sex is related to chronic stress management and cognition.||Profile Page||stress, cognition, sex/gender, mental health||February 16, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Nahid Zokaei||University of Oxford - Medical Sciences Division||Fellow||Dr Zokaei investigates the neuromodulation of short- and long-term memories and attention and how these mechanisms are affected by disorders of old-age such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.||Faculty Page||memory, attention, neurodegeneration, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, cognition||February 22, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. John Bryce Ortiz||The University of Arizona||Post-doc||Dr. J. Bryce Ortiz is a post-doc studying the effects of traumatic brain injury-induced endocrine dysfunction and sleep disorders in the pediatric population.||ResearchGate||Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), stress, gender/sex, hippocampus, memory, hormones, endocrine, sleep||February 27, 2020|