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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|Field/Subfield (see Notes for sorted subfields)||Preferred Name||Institution||Position||Description||Website||Website 2||Tags||Date Updated|
|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||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||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|