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.

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Chemical Engineering Dr. Francisco Hung Northeastern University Associate Professor Molecular modeling, process simulation and theory of interfacial systems and mixtures (e.g., ionic liquids, deep eutectic solvents, cellulose nanomaterials, proteins and nanoporous systems), with applications in the environment, energy storage and nano/bio-materials. Faculty Page Molecular simulation, process simulation, statistical mechanics, ionic liquids, deep eutectic solvents, cellulose nanomaterials, nanoporous materials September 12, 2020
Analytical Chemistry Dr. Raychelle Burks St. Edward's University Assistant Professor The Burks Lab focuses on designing and producing field portable colorimetry sensors, including utilizing smart phones as analytical devices. Faculty Page forensics, analytics, drugs, explosives, chemical and biological weapons April 14, 2019
Materials Chemistry Dr. Efrain Rodriguez University of Maryland Associate Professor The Rodriguez group is working to discover new materials to be used in superconductors as well as the magnetic properties of transition metal oxides and their use in energy conversion. Faculty Page transition metals, super conductors, chalcogenides, solid state, magnetics, hollandites, ferrotorodic materials, energy conversion, oxygen storage materials November 13, 2019
Materials Chemistry Dr. Rodrigo Noriega The University of Utah Assistant Professor The Noriega group investigates the dynamic properties of macromolecules in solution and at interfaces using a variety of ultrafast laser spectroscopy tools. We are interested in processes that involve charge, energy, and phase transfer as well as conformational transitions. Faculty Page spectroscopy, electronic materials, solvation, macromolecular conformation November 18, 2019
Materials Chemistry Dr. Javier Vela Iowa State University Professor The Vela-Becerra Lab investigates new optical and low dimensional materials and heterostructures. Lab Website nanocrystal, nanotechnology, computational chemistry November 18, 2019
Nanotechnology Dr. Esteban Ureña-Benavides The University of Mississippi Assistant Professor The Ureña-Benavides group investigates the colloidal properties of nanoparticles and how they can be used to develop sustainable chemical processes. Applications of interests include CO2 sequestration, purification of bioethanol, oil bioremediation and responsible use and extraction of oil/gas. Lab Website low energy separation, colloids, emulsions, sustainable energy November 19, 2019
Earth Sciences Professor Christopher Jackson Imperial College London Professor The Basins Research Group (BRG) investigates the tectono-stratigraphic evolution of sedimentary basins. Faculty Page tectonics, sedimentology, structural geology, geophysics February 28, 2020
Cancer Biology Dr. Rosalind Gregory-Bass Spelman College Associate Professor, Program Director The Gregory-Bass lab investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying ovarian cancer growth and development. Faculty Page ovarian cancer, mitochondria, chemoresistance March 22, 2020
Public Health Dr. Rodrigo S. Reis Washington University in St. Louis Associate Dean, Professor The Reis group investigates community interventions for promoting physical activity, including looking at the built environment and active transportation. Faculty Page obesity, exercise, built environment, community based interventions August 24, 2020
Public Health Dr. Catalina Medina García Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública Principal Investigator The Medina García group investigates physical activity trends within the Mexican population. LinkedIn exercise, hypertension, diet September 10, 2020
Combinatorics Dr. Opel Jones Towson University Assistant Professor The Jones Group investigates pattern avoidance in permutations, specifically looking at Dumont permutation avoidance. Faculty Page enumerative combinatorics, pattern avoidance, minimal occurrence, Dumont permutation, Genocchi numbers October 17, 2019
Biostatistics Dr. Adriana Pérez The University of Texas - Health Science Center at Houston Professor The Pérez research team investigates dietary intake and physical activity behaviors in children and their effects on childhood obesity. Dr Pérez and her team conduct research on tobacco use in youth and young adults including their longitudinal estimation of the age of initiation. Faculty Page childhood obesity, nutrition, exercise, sedentary lifestyle, tobacco control, biostatistics August 24, 2020
Pharmacology Dr. Kimberlei A. Richardson Howard University Associate Professor The Richardson lab investigates the role of orexins - hypothalamic hormones implicated in the regulation of appetite and sleep - in binge eating and drug addiction. We are also interested in understanding how the microbiota-gut-brain axis influences foraging and food choice behaviors. Lab Website Orexins, endocrinology, signaling, substance abuse/addiction, maladaptive feeding, foraging August 27, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Steve Ramirez Boston University Assistant Professor The Ramirez Lab investigates the neural circuitry behind memory storage and retrieval and how memories can be artificially modulated in healthy and maladaptive states. Lab Page learning, memory, optogenetics, hippocampus, amygdala, memory disorders March 4, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Christopher Blackwood NIH - National Institute on Drug Abuse Post-doc Dr. Blackwood investigates the neural underpinnings of opioid use disorder with the goal of designing therapeutic interventions. Google Scholar substance use, addiction, mental health, stem cells, neurodevelopment, interneurons May 15, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Ana-Clara Bobadilla Medical University of South Carolina Research Assistant Professor Dr. Bobadilla is a behavioral and molecular biologist with a focus on addiction and goal-directed behaviors. Her research addresses the differences between how the brain processes seeking if natural rewards (such as food or water) and drugs of abuse. ResearchGate addiction, reward, cocaine, sucrose, rodent behavior, neuronal ensembles May 19, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Osama Ahmed (Sama) Princeton University Post-doc Dr. Ahmed investigates neural mechanisms that coordinate distinct behaviors in Drosophila. Google Scholar behavior, Drosophila, multitasking, motor control, courtship song, systems neuroscience May 19, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Heather Snell Albert Einstein College of Medicine Post-doc Dr. Snell investigates the intrinsic activity of cerebellar Purkinje cells and their role in cerebellar disorders such as ataxias and dystonias. Twitter Handle: @HeatherDSnell Research Page purkinje cells, GABA, ataxia, dystonia, movement May 27, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Ian Mendez The University of Texas at El Paso Assistant Professor The primary aim of the Mendez Lab is to elucidate the signals and circuits of the brain that become dysregulated following repeated exposure to rewards, and how they ultimately contribute to changes in motivational, hedonic, and cognitive processes. These processes are relevant to a myriad of behaviors and psychiatric disorders, with particularly strong implications for addiction. LinkedIn opioids, nicotine, reward, cues, motivation, addiction, feeding, decision making, rodent models March 26, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Alicia Izquierdo University of California - Los Angeles Professor The Izquierdo Lab investigates the neural bases of cost-benefit calculations in value-based decision making and flexible reinforcement learning, and how these can go awry in behavioral and substance addictions. Lab Website decision, cost, reward, risk, learning, computational, reinforcement, uncertainty, substance abuse, addiction, in vivo imaging, pharmacology April 9, 2019