Speakers List

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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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. LinkedIn 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