A recurring issue at conferences and seminars is the underwhelming number of URM 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 URM researchers across every field of STEM and Medicine. 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. 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|
|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||June 5, 2019|
|Epidemiology||Dr. Marilyn D Thomas||University of California - San Francisco||Post-doc||Dr. Thomas investigates the effects of structural racism on morbidity, mortality, and life expectancy.||structural racism, institutionalized racism, racial disparities, education, hypertension, coping, mental health||September 24, 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||April 11, 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||April 23, 2019|
|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||April 23, 2019|