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. Dayan Knox University of Delaware Associate Professor The Knox lab investigates how stress-induced changes in peripheral hormonal and ascending arousal systems contribute to abnormal cognitive/emotional processes. Lab Website hormones, cell signaling, cognition, emotion, stress, mental health, basal forebrain, learning, memory, behavior October 19, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Nancy Padilla-Coreano Salk Institute of Biological Studies Post-doc Dr. Padilla-Coreano is a post-doctoral fellow in the Tye Lab investigating the neural circuitry underlying social dominance and social interactions. Lab Page social hierarchy, autism, behavior, circuitry, prefrontal cortex, hypothalamus, optogenetics May 2, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Ismail Ahmed New York University - School of Medicine Post-doc Dr. Ahmed investigates the neuromodulatory role of oxytocin in the context of social behavior in rodents. Research Page behavior, oxytocin, neuropeptides, hormones, neuroplasticity, learning October 22, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. A. Denise Garcia Drexel University Assistant Professor The Garcia lab is interested in addressing fundamental questions about astrocyte biology. Work in the lab is focused on the roles of astrocytes in the development and maintenance of neural circuits in health and disease, as well as in astrocyte diversity. Lab Website neurodevelopment, circuitry, astrocytes, astroglia, plasticity, in vivo, May 13, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Lewis Wheaton Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) Associate Professor Research focuses on understanding the impact of neuroplasticity on motor control therapy in stroke and amputation. Lab Website Motor control, neuroplasticity, neural rehabilitation August 4, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Lucas Pinto Northwestern University Assistant Professor The Pinto lab investigates the neural mechanisms underlying cognition and decision-making. He specifically looks at how cortical areas interact at large scales to support decision-making, and how the cognitive demands of different tasks modulate cortical dynamics. Lab Website neural mechanisms, cognition, decision-making August 28, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Nathan Anthony Smith The Children's Research Institute Assistant Professor The Smith lab investigates the mechanisms through which neuromodulators mediate the interactions between neurons, astrocytes and microglia in normal and diseased states. Lab Website neuromodulators, neurons, astrocytes, microglia, ADHD, depression, epilepsy, electrophysiology, pharmacology, in vivo calcium imaging June 1, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Dionna Whitney Williams Johns Hopkins University Assistant Professor The Williams lab investigates the impact of HIV infection on the brain that result in cognitive and psychiatric dysfunction. Currently, the major focus is to examine mechanisms through which antiretroviral therapy (ART) crosses the blood-brain barrier as well as the effects and localization of ART once in the brain. Dr. Williams also investigates the mechanisms behind inflammation during viral infection and the mechanisms that contribute to the brain as a reservoir for HIV. Faculty Page neuroHIV, antiretroviral therapy, HIV, blood-brain barrier (BBB), substance abuse, neuroinflammation, arrestin, disparity June 4, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Sana Suri University of Oxford Fellow Dr. Suri's research combines multi-modal neuroimaging techniques to study risk and resilience for cognitive decline in ageing. She uses structural, diffusion tensor, and functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate how the brain's vascular health varies with age and cognitive status, with a specific focus on how it may be affected by genetic and cardiovascular risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. Faculty Page neuroimaging, cognative decline, Alzheimer's disease September 11, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Gerald Griffin Hope College Associate Provost The Griffin lab investigates the reciprocal interactions between viruses and the nervous system, specifically looking at how latent infection of herpes simplex virus-1 modulates behavior. LinkedIn herpes simplex virus (HSV-1), virus-host interactions, dementia, behavior September 20, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Marta Sabariego Mount Holyoke College Assistant Professor The Sabariego lab investigates the neural circuits of reward and memory at the systems level. In particular, Sabariego investigates the mechanisms that support recovery and adaptation from situations involving surprising reward loss and how these life events affect cognitive processes. Faculty Page memory, emotion, behavior, neural circuits, adaptation, reward, in-vivo electrophysiology September 22, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Miguel Perez-Pouchoulen University of Maryland Post-doc Dr. Perez-Pouchoulen investigates the role of microglia in behavioral and cerebellar development. Google Scholar microglia, estradiol, cerebellum, development, sex, behavior September 23, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Nicholas Silva University of California - San Francisco Post-doc Dr. Silva investigates the role of microglia and synaptic dynamics during CNS development. LinkedIn microglia, synapse, development, inflammation, photoreceptors, stem cell, injury, regeneration September 23, 2020
Neuroscience Dr. Jose Rodrígeuz-Romaguera University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Assistant Professor The Rodríguez-Romaguera lab investigates the neural mechanisms that mediate the hyperarousal states that emerge in many psychiatric disorders. They use a combination of in vivo optical tools that allow for single cell dissection in mice as a model system. Lab Website anxiety, autism, hyperarousal, emotion, motivation, amygdala, single-cell, calcium imaging, optogenetics October 18, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Maria Diehl Kansas State University Assistant Professor The Diehl Faryna Lab investigates the changes in neural circuitry that accompany fear- and anxiety-inducing stimuli with the goal of understanding why some individuals recover from trauma while others develop neuropsychiatric diseases (i.e. PTSD). Lab Website trauma, fear, anxiety, resilience, post-traumatic stress disorder, optogenetics October 21, 2019
Neuroscience Dr. Marcelo Febo University of Florida - College of Medicine Assistant Professor, Program Director of Translational Imaging The Febo Lab uses fMRIs to longitudinally investigates drug response in the cognitive and emotional centers of rats’ brains. Faculty Page brain imaging, neuroimaging, fMRI, cognition, emotion, drug addiction, cocaine, dopamine, oxytocin, vasopressin, prefrontal cortex, motivation October 28, 2019
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. October 28, 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 learning, mental illness, PTSD, anxiety, MRI, Conditioning, virtual reality October 30, 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 motivation, behavior, fear, safety, reward, emotion, prefrontal, amygdala October 30, 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 4, 2019