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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Microbiology Dr. Tiara Perez Morales Benedictine University Assistant Professor The Perez Morales lab investigates how lactobacilli use quorom sensing (specifically the transcriptional regulator Rgg) to sense and respond to environmental conditions. Lab Website Twitter Lactobacilli, cell-cell communication, quorum sensing, microbiome November 13, 2019
Microbiology Dr. Courtney Robinson Howard University Associate Professor The Robinson lab investigates host-associated microbial ecology using insects as model organisms. Specifically her lab looks at microbiome response to invasion, perturbation, and diet. Lab Website host-microbiome, diet, immune response November 18, 2019
Microbiology Dr. Ana Porras Cornell University Post-doc Dr. Porras is a post-doc in the Brito lab where she investigates the differences in the microbiomes of populations in developed vs. developing nations and how they affect health. Research Page human microbiome, tissue engineering, biomaterials November 29, 2019
Epidemiology Dr. April P. Carson The University of Alabama at Birmingham Associate Professor The Carson Lab investigates factors that contribute to health disparities in diabetes and cardiovascular disease across populations. Faculty Page diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), health disparities, clinical March 28, 2020
Epidemiology Dr. M. Ahinee Amamoo Samford University Associate Professor Dr. Amamoo investigates the reasons behind - and methods to eliminate - disparities in health outcomes for chronic disease. Faculty Page disparity, chronic disease, kidney disease, cancer April 17, 2020
Psychology Dr. April D. Thames University of Southern California Associate Professor The Thames Lab investigates the complex relationship between chronic disease, substance abuse, and socioeconomic status on psychological outcomes (i.e. mental health and cognition). Faculty Page chronic disease, drug abuse, substance abuse, adversity, stress, cognition, mental health, minority groups November 13, 2019
Psychology Dr. Jennifer J. Manly Columbia University Professor The Manly lab investigates lifecourse influences of social and cultural variables (i.e. language, education, racial socialization, socioeconomic status, discrimination) on cognitive aging and risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease, as well as diagnostic accuracy of neuropsychological tests across racial/ethnic groups. Faculty Page education, cognition, Alzheimer's disease, neuropsychology, aging, race, socioeconomic status, social determinants March 28, 2020
Psychology Dr. Cynthia Crawford California State University - San Bernardino Professor The Crawford Lab investigates the underlying mechanisms of drug addiction and developmental differences in drug responsivity. Faculty Page drug addiction, neuropsychopharmacology, developmental psychopharmacology November 13, 2019
Psychology Dr. Gina Marie Fernandez St. Mary's College of Maryland Assistant Professor The Fernandez Lab uses rodent models to investigate the effects of adolescent nicotine and alcohol exposure on neurodevelopment. Faculty Page development, drug abuse, alcohol, nicotine, adolescence, dendritic morphology April 17, 2020
Psychology Dr. Glorisa J. Canino University of Puerto Rico Full Professor The Canino Lab investigates rates of depression amongst Latina/o/x youth and the epigentics of pediatric asthma. Faculty Page epidemiology, asthma, mental health, epigenetics, Latino/a/x November 13, 2019
Psychology Dr. Leah M. Adams George Mason University Assistant Professor Dr. Adams’ research group, the Mental & Physical Health and Behavior (M-PHAB) Laboratory, investigates the psychosocial aspects of adaptation to illness and injury. They also examine how factors operating at various levels (e.g., intrapersonal, interpersonal, structural) affect health risk and promotion among vulnerable populations (including racial/ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities, women, and criminal justice system-involved adults). Faculty Page Twitter HIV, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), chronic pain, chronic illness, disability, injury, adaptation November 13, 2019
Psychology Dr. Laura Quiñones-Camacho Washington University in St. Louis Post-doc Dr. Quiñones-Camacho is a post-doc in the Perlman lab where she studies the neural underpinnings of parent-child co-regulation and child self-regulation as they relate to emerging psychopathology in childhood. ResearchGate emotion regulation, child development, neurodevelopment, psychopathology November 24, 2019
Psychology Dr. Lorenzo Lorenzo-Luaces Indiana University Bloomington Assistant Professor The Study of Affective Disorders’ Classification and Treatment (SADCAT) Lab investigates the clinical presentation, prognosis, and treatment of depression, specifically looking at the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBTs). We are especially interested in treatments that can have a large public health impact (e.g., psychoeducation, internet-based CBT, bibliotherapy). Lab Website depression, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychotherapy December 16, 2019
Psychology Dr. Nkiru Nnawulezi University of Maryland - Baltimore County Assistant Professor Dr. Nnawulezi is the Director of Research for Empowering and Liberatory Action (R.E.L.A). This research team uses community-based, participatory research methods to assess, develop, intervene, and evaluate community programs, institutions, and entire systems to improve the social, material, and economic conditions for survivors of gender-based violence who experience multiple marginalization. Faculty Page Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Intersectionality, survivorship, domestic violence, Health Inequity, Empowerment, systemic/structural change, housing January 6, 2020
Psychology Dr. Shawn Bediako University of Maryland - Baltimore County Associate Professor The Bediako group investigates the social mechanisms that underlie stigma and it is affected by inter/intrapersonal, cultural, and environmental factors. Faculty Page stigma, health equity, race, spirituality, communalism, social psychology February 4, 2020
Psychology Dr. Duane Watson Vanderbilt University Professor The Watson group investigates how gesture, pitch, rhythm, and emphasis in speech is used in communication. Lab Website cognition, literacy, speech, communication, language, comprehension, reading April 24, 2020
Physiology Dr. Patricia E. Molina Louisiana State University School of Medicine Professor Research in the Molina laboratory focuses on the physiopathological consequences of alcohol and drugs of abuse and their interactions with disease states, including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and HIV/SIV infection. Our scientific team actively collaborates with basic science, clinical, and translational investigators in a wide range of projects that investigate how alcohol and drugs of abuse interact at the molecular, organ system, whole body, and community levels to contribute to disease burden in our society. Lab Website alcohol, drug, substance abuse, metabolism, immunology, behavior, HIV/AIDS, inflammation, endocrinology, trauma, immunosenescence, comorbidities, SIV, antiretroviral therapy March 28, 2020
Physiology Dr. Keisa Williams Mathis University of North Texas - Health Science Center Assistant Professor The Mathis lab studies mechanisms through which long-term inflammation can lead to high blood pressure, specifically looking at how communication between the nervous system and immune system may break down leading to hypertension. Lab Website lupus, hypertension, autoimmune, inflammation, autonomic nervous system (ANS), hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis March 28, 2020
Immunology Dr. Avery August Cornell University Professor Signals regulating T cell differentiation and function. Lab Website July 7, 2020
Immunology Dr. Armando Villalta University of California - Irvine Assistant Professor The Villalta lab investigates the roles and regulation of immune cells in muscle regeneration during muscle injury and muscular dystrophy. Faculty Page cell signaling, immunologic regulation, inflammation, regeneration, muscular dystrophy January 21, 2020