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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Neuroscience Dr. Carlos A. Bolaños-Guzmán Texas A&M University Associate Professor The Bolaños-Guzmán lab investigates how various insults (i.e., drug exposure, stress, early-life experiences, etc) influence biochemical and behavioral functioning in adulthood. Faculty Page cellular neuroscience, biochemistry, psychotropic drugs, stress, behavior, motivation, emotion, development April 10, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Cristina Banuelos NIH - National Institute on Aging Post-doc Dr. Banuelos investigates the neurobiological mechanisms underlying age-related cognitive decline. Google Scholar GABA, prefrontal cortex, memory, behavior, aging, basal forebrain May 27, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Kevin Jones University of Michigan Assistant Professor The Jones lab investigates potential therapeutic targets for a number of mental health disorders, specifically focusing on schizophrenia, depression, and drug abuse which are all linked to dysfunctional GABAergic interneurons. Lab Page schizophrenia, depression, drug abuse, GABA, interneurons, transgenic animal models, optogenetics, ion channels April 10, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Richard De La Garza II Baylor College of Medicine Professor The De La Garza lab investigates possible pharmacological and behavioral interventions for drug addiction (specifically tobacco, cocaine and methamphetamine use disorders). Faculty Page drug abuse, addiction, electronic cigarettes, virtual reality, cue-reactivity, neuro-imaging, genetics April 10, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Athena Akrami University College London Assistant Professor The Akrami Lab investigates how our brain represents and integrates sensory memories to learn and infer meaningful patterns. Lab Website memory, statistical learning, behavior, representation, sensation, abstraction, inference, neural computation June 4, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Stephanie Correa University of California - Los Angeles Assistant Professor The Correa lab investigates the effects of endocrine signaling on the neural control of metabolism, specifically focusing on reproductive hormones such as estrogen. Lab Website estrogen, metabolism, obesity, women's health April 11, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Sergio Iñiguez The University of Texas at El Paso Associate Professor The Iñiguez Lab investigates how early exposure to stress and/or medication can affect development and future susceptibility to drug abuse. Faculty Page developmental, mental illness, anxiety, stress, drug abuse, memory, ketamine April 11, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Keith A. Trujillo The California State University Professor The Trujillo Lab investigates the mechanisms of reward in the context of drug abuse, including the effects of tolerance, dependence, and sensitization. Additionally his lab studies mental health disorders including schizophrenia and major depression. Faculty Page psychopharmacology, behavior, reward, drug abuse, tolerance, dependence, sensitization, opiates, stimulants, schizophrenia, depression April 14, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Alexandra Colón-Rodríguez University of California - Davis Post-doc Dr. Colón-Rodríguez investigates how single parenting affects the amygdala of parents and their offspring. Lab Website neuroscience, neurotoxicology, science communication, ion channels, behavior June 16, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Sheryl Arambula University of Maryland School of Medicine Post-doc Dr. Arambula's research broadly focuses on how environmental factors affect sex-specific neurodevelopment. Currently, she is investigating mechanisms of brain injury arising from birth complications, specifically looking at hypoxia ischemia and its impact on cerebellum development. ResearchGate brain injury, toxicology, development, neuroendocrine, immunology, gender/sex June 16, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Kaliris Salas-Ramirez CUNY - School of Medicine Assistant Professor The Salas-Ramirez lab investigates the the impact of cocaine on neural plasticity in development and the downstream effects of this mechanism on behavior as well as the sex-specific efficacy of interventions. Faculty Page drug abuse, cocaine, developmental, steroids, sex/gender, aggression, prenatal, adolescence April 14, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Federico Sanabria Arizona State University Associate Professor The Sanabria Lab investigates the cognitive processes underlying behavioral regulation, specifically looking at the role of timing, choice, and response inhibition capacity (RIC). Faculty Page mental health, ADHD, substance abuse, motivation, learning, impulsivity, response inhibition capacity (RIC), depression, Ritalin, methylphenidate, nicotine, olfactory April 14, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Marisela Morales NIH - National Institute on Drug Abuse Principle Investigator The Morales lab investigates the neuronal pathways implicated in drug addiction and the neuroadaptations in circuitry that occur during the recreational to compulsive drug-taking transition. Faculty Page drug addiction, electrophysiology, glutamatergic, GABAergic, dopamine, reward April 23, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Kafui Dzirasa Duke University Associate Professor The Dzirasa lab investigates the interplay between the environment and genes implicated in psychiatric disorders, specifically looking at the impact the two have on emotion and cognition. Lab Website psychiatry, environment, emotion, cognition, electrophysiology, optogenetics, DREADDs April 23, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Joseph Cheer University of Maryland Full Professor The Cheer Lab investigates the neurochemistry of endogenous cannabinoid signaling and its effects on behavior and other functions. Lab Website Cannabinoids, dopamine, motivation, addiction, depression, electrophysiology, optogenetics April 23, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Armando Salinas NIH - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Post-doc I am interested in interrogating the role of neuromodulators like dopamine and acetylcholine in motivated behaviors and basal ganglia disorders. ResearchGate dopamine, acetylcholine, basal ganglia, addiction, alcohol, biosensors, motivated behavior, basal ganglia July 7, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Corey Harwell Harvard University Assistant Professor The Harwell lab investigates the production and assembly of neural circuits in the brain. Lab Website development, epigenetics, glia, progenitor cells, cell lineage April 23, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Katie E. Yoest Michigan State University Post-doc Dr. Yoest investigates sex differences in motivated behaviors and the relatinoship between adaptive and maladaptive social behaviors. Her current work investigates sex differences in how both neuropeptide and steroid hormones regulate social behavior in juvenile male and female rats. Research Page behavior, sex differences, oxytocin, estrogen, social behavior, development, hormones, motivation July 9, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Ruth Barrientos The Ohio State University Associate Professor The Barrientos Lab investigates the vulnerabilities of the normal aging brain that, when challenged (i.e. with infection, surgery, high-fat diet, etc), lead to exaggerated neuroinflammation and long-lasting memory deficits. Lab Website aging, infection, long-term memory, neuroinflammation October 16, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Carlos Paladini The University of Texas at San Antonio Professor The Paladini lab investigates the regulation of dopamine neurons, specifically looking at the influence of ion channel proteins on these neurons. Faculty Page dopamine, ion channels, astrocytes, drug addiction, GABA April 29, 2019