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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1) At this point in time, we don’t post our speakers’ emails publicly. If you find a speaker but are unable to find their contact information online, you can reach out to us at dscnatl@gmail.com.
2) Please see here for a list of sorted subfields.

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Epigenetics, Genetics, Metabolism, Neuroscience Dr. Autumn Ivy University of California - Irvine Assistant Professor The Ivy lab investigates how exercise can affect neurodevelopment, specifically focusing on learning and memory Lab Website exercise, neurodevelopment, learning, memory, gene expression, chromatin April 15, 2020
Engineering, Health Equity, Ophthalmology, Sociology Dr. Logan Williams University of Maryland Lecturer Mechanical Engineer and Social Scientist studies technology users, technology design and technology governance (in global health and information technology). Personal Website engineering ethics, engineering design, global health, health equity, undone technology, orphan technology, frugal innovation, generative justice March 22, 2020
Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology Dr. Matt Anderson The Ohio State University Assistant Professor The Anderson lab uses C. albicans to study how genetic diversity and dynamic genomes contributes to variation within a population. Lab Website Twitter yeast, C. albicans, evolution, aneuploidy, genetic variation January 13, 2020
Ecology, Environmental Science & Resource Conservation, Equity/Advocacy Dr. Sara Bombaci Colorado State University Assistant Professor I do research in conservation biology, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, and at the intersection of these themes Lab Website Conservation Biology, Social Justice, Equity, Inclusion July 29, 2020
Ecology, Environmental Science & Resource Conservation, Equity/Advocacy Dr. Neo Martinez Indiana University Associate Professor Internationally Leader in Ecological Complexity, Networks, Sustainability and diversifying STEM Lab Website Complexity, Network Science, Sustainability, Human-Natural Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, Food Webs, Diversity in STEM July 24, 2020
Ecology, Endocrinology, Neuroscience Dr. Daniel Tobiansky Brown University Post-doc Dr. Tobiansky investigates neuroendocrine signaling that underlies mating, territorial, and social decision-making behavior. Twitter Handle: @DTobiansky Research Page Research Website Behavioral Ecology, endocrine, mating, territorial behavior, behavior, steroid hormones, ethology May 27, 2020
Environmental Science & Resource Conservation, Marine Biology, Sociology Dr. Lekelia "Kiki" Jenkins Arizona State University Associate Professor My research centers on the human dimensions of sustainable fisheries and tidal energy as well as dance as a means of science engagement. Lab Website Sustainable fisheries, marine renewable energy, marine social science, science dance, science art, bycatch reduction July 29, 2020
Computational Neuroscience, Neuroscience, Psychology Dr. Anna Jafarpour University of Washington Post-doc, Instructor Dr. Jafarpour investigates the mechanisms behind our encoding and retrieving of memories. Research Page Twitter encoding, memory, retrieval, perception January 13, 2020
Developmental Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychology Dr. Gabriela Manzano Nieves Weill Cornell Medicine Post-doc Dr. Manzano Nieves is a post-doc at the Liston Lab where she investigates how various neuronal subpopulations of cells differentially regulate cognitive processes during postnatal development. ResearchGate Twitter neuronal circuits, development, learning and memory, stress, fear, reward November 18, 2019
Computational Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics Dr. Carlos Jimenez Hoyos Wesleyan University Assistant Professor The Jimenez Hoyos group develops new methods and materials to study various chemical phenomena such as molecular magnets, multi-metal centers in enzymes and catalytic reactions on transition metal surfaces. Faculty Page magnets, metalloproteins, transition metals, quantum embedding February 16, 2020
Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Chemistry Dr. Juana Mendenhall Morehouse College Associate Professor The Mendenhall lab develops and fabricates a variety of materials (i.e. thermo-sensitive hydrogels, sol-gels, etc) to be used in articular cartilage-subchondral bone interfaces in patients with osteoarthritis. Lab Website Sample Talk osteoarthritis, synovial fluid, bone, hyaluronic acid, biomaterials June 24, 2020
Developmental Biology, Ecology, Evolution Dr. Kory Evans Brown University Post-doc Dr. Evans is a post-doc using fish skulls to study the evolution of phenotypic diversity and how interactions between our genomes and the environment influence the development of certain traits. Research Website Twitter phylogeny, ontogeny, variation, phenotypic diversity, environment March 6, 2020
Computational Biology, Epigenetics, Metabolism Dr. Jason Torres University of Oxford Post-doc Dr. Torres investigates genetic mechanisms involved in type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders by integrating data on genetic fine-mapping, gene regulation, and epigenomic features (e.g. chromatin accessibility and interactions). Research Page Diabetes, non-coding regions, gene regulation, beta cells January 13, 2020
Chemical Engineering, Materials Chemistry, Nanotechnology Dr. Raúl Hernández Sánchez University of Pittsburgh Assistant Professor The Hernández Sánchez lab works to develop and synthesize nanosized structures with molecular fidelity, i.e. molecular nanotubes and nanoclusters. These will shed light into structure-function relationships related to electrical conductivity, magnetic, and catalytic properties of materials. Lab Website catalysis, magnetism, molecular nanotubes, synthetic chemistry, nanoclusters February 22, 2020
Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences Dr. Vernon Morris Howard University Full Professor The Morris Group tracks the levels of trace gases and aerosols in urban environments and how small aerosolized particles are travel over long ranges. Faculty Page aerosols, aerobiology, climate, weather, environmental health March 6, 2020
Analytical Chemistry, Energy, Materials Chemistry Dr. Joaquín Rodríguez-López University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Associate Professor Our research focuses on characterizing heterogeneous electrode materials and generating new strategies to advance electrochemical energy technologies and sensing. We aim to pioneer methods of analysis at the nano- and micro-scale for understanding how electrode structure, shape and size, as well as the formation of chemical intermediates, impact the performance of materials and interfaces for batteries, fuel cells, and solar technologies. Lab Website Twitter electrochemistry, batteries, imaging, electrocatalysis, fuel cell, photoelectrocatalysis November 13, 2019
Analytical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Sustainable Energy Dr. Natalia Gonzalez-Pech Hope College Assistant Professor The GOCH group develops ecofriendly nanomaterials to be used in water remediation and sustainable energy practices. Lab Website Twitter Nanotechnology, inorganic chemistry, materials science, environmental engineering, sustainable energy January 13, 2020
Applied Mathematics, Computational Neuroscience, Neuroscience Dr. Gabrielle Gutierrez University of Washington Post-doc Dr. Gutierrez is a post-doc in the Shea-Brown and Rieke labs where she investigates how local neuron properties influence the behavior of neural circuits and networks. She is interested in understanding the algorithms of the brain. Website circuitry, modeling, processing, perception November 13, 2019
Cellular Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology Dr. Chynna N. Broxton Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Post-doc Dr. Broxton investigates genetic mitochondrial disorders including those related to superoxide dismutases and mitochondrial respiration. LinkedIn mitochondria, cellular respiration, candida albicans June 22, 2020
Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Nutrition Dr. Alissa Armstrong University of South Carolina Assistant Professor The Armstrong lab investigates how cells communicate to regulate nutritional intake, obesity and adipocyte response to dietary intake. Lab Website cell signaling, stem cells, adipocytes, nutrition, homeostasis, obesity, Drosophila July 22, 2020