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. 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