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 (see Notes for sorted subfields)||Preferred Name||Institution||Position||Description||Website||Tags||Date Updated|
|Neuroscience||Dr. John Bryce Ortiz||The University of Arizona||Post-doc||Dr. J. Bryce Ortiz is a post-doc studying the effects of traumatic brain injury-induced endocrine dysfunction and sleep disorders in the pediatric population.||ResearchGate||Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), stress, gender/sex, hippocampus, memory, hormones, endocrine, sleep||February 26, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Gina Poe||University of California - Los Angeles||Professor||The Poe Lab investigates how sleep affects learning and consolidation of memories and how these processes are disrupted in pathologic states such as PTSD.||Lab Website||sleep, learning, memory, PTSD, Hippocampus||February 27, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Enmanuelle Pardilla-Delgado||Harvard Medical School||Post-doc||Dr. Pardilla-Delgado investigates the role of sleep in memory consolidation and how these mechanisms change in neurodegenerative states such as Alzheimer's disease. See more here: https://mapp.mgh.harvard.edu/t-32-trainee/||Research Page||memory, sleep, neurodegeneration, Alzheimer's disease, cognition, cognitive neuroscience||March 17, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Héctor de Jesús-Cortés||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)||Post-doc||Dr. de Jesús-Cortés investigates the physiology underlying synaptic plasticity and the effects of pharmacologic and digital interventions. Read more here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6ko9wc330rd7ro7/AACIX2uGttgkIBHdNNOI3tHLa?dl=0&preview=Hector-De-Jesus-Cortes-CV.pdf||Research Page||memory, learning, plasticity, pharmacology, neurodegeneration||March 22, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Chinyere Agbaegbu Iweka||Stanford Medicine||Post-doc||Dr. Agbaegbu Iweka investigates the mechanisms behind neurogenesis and migration, specifically focusing on the interactions of chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans.||Orcid||plasticity, cell motility, protein interactions, neurogenesis||March 23, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Yanaira Alonso-Caraballo||Harvard Medical School||Post-doc||Dr. Alonso-Caraballo investigates the role of ovarian hormones and the estrous cycle on reward-seeking behaviors.||NIH Blueprint||females, ovarian hormones, reward-seeking, electrophysiology||March 23, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Keven Laboy Juarez||Harvard University||Post-doc||Dr. Laboy-Juarez investigates how subcortical structures - like the thalamus and striatum - mediate learning and execution of complex motor sequences.||Research Page||learning, motor, sensation, touch, neural coding||March 23, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Carlos Cardenas-Iniguez||The University of Chicago||Post-doc||Dr. Cardenas-Iniguez studies the neural underpinnings of our social interactions and hierarchies.||Google Scholar||social interactions, status, memory||March 28, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Millie Rincón-Cortés||University of Pittsburgh||Post-doc||Dr. Rincón-Cortés investigates the physiology of dopamine neuron dysregulation in animal models relevant for the study of depression, schizophrenia, and drug withdrawal. Currently, she is focused on postpartum affective dysregulation.||ResearchGate||dopamine, mental health, substance use, depression, schizophrenia, drug withdrawal, postpartum||March 31, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Elizabeth B. Torres||Rutgers University||Associate Professor||The Torres Lab investigates and models embodied cognition with a focus on the self emergence of autonomous agency and its disruption across neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. This research connects processes from molecules to complex behaviors and provides avenues for personalized medicine. More information here: https://loop.frontiersin.org/people/18740/overview||Lab Website||Learning, Precision Medicine, Digital Biomarkers, naturalistic behaviors, computational modelling, Transcriptome Interrogation, voluntary movements, spontaneous behaviors, autism, stroke, Parkinson's Disease, embodied cognition, sensory-motor, development, communication, social skills||April 6, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Isabel Muzzio||The University of Texas at San Antonio||Associate Professor||The Muzzio lab investigates the mechanisms underlying spatial navigation and episodic memory, specifically focusing on how the hippocampus and other areas of the medial temporal lobe form representations and encode memories.||Faculty Page||memory, spatial representation, navigation, hippocampus, encoding, stress, fear, sleep, aging||April 17, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Joanna Morris||Hampshire College||Professor||The Morris lab investigates how complex/multisyllabic words are stored and represented in our mind.||Faculty Page||linguistics, cognition, reading, comprehension, representation||April 24, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Valerie Wojna||University of Puerto Rico||Professor||The Wojna group investigates the impact of sex hormones, insulin resistance, oxidative stress, chronic inflammation, and biomarkers on cognitive performance among HIV positive cisgender women.||Google Scholar||endocrinology, sex hormones, insulin, oxidative stress, inflammation, cognition, HIV/AIDS||April 24, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Barbara Juarez||University of Washington||Post-doc||Dr. Juarez is a post-doc investigating how pathological adaptations of neural circuits in the mesolimbic pathway mediate behavior.||Google Scholar||dopamine, mesolimbic, plasticity, stress, resilience, substance use disorder||May 7, 2020|
|Microbiology||Dr. Tracie Delgado||Northwest University||Associate Professor||The Delgado Lab investigates how viruses alter host cell metabolism after infection, and how these metabolic alterations may cause cancer.||Faculty Page||metabolism, mouse model, virus-host, glycolysis, cancer, virology||April 14, 2019|
|Microbiology||Dr. Karl Thompson||Howard University||Assistant Professor||The Thompson Lab investigates bacterial response to stress, particularly looking into chemical modifications of RNA and its effect on gene expression regulation.||ResearchGate Profile||stress response, bacteriology, gene regulation, RNA expression||September 11, 2019|
|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||October 21, 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||April 23, 2019|