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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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 May 27, 2020
Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Ophthalmology Dr. Carla Ramos Vanderbilt University Medical Center Post-doc Dr. Ramos is a post-doc in the Penn lab where she investigates the metabolic effects of hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia and more on retinal glia cells. LinkedIn hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia, hypertension, retina, glia cells, diabetic retinopathy February 17, 2020
Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology Dr. José Rodríguez-Orengo University of Puerto Rico - Medical Science Campus Professor The Rodríguez-Orengo lab investigates: 1) the pharmacology of antiretroviral and anticancer drugs in the Puerto Rican population, 2) antioxidant biomarkers of diseases including HIV, 3) environmental risks affecting the Puerto Rican population. Faculty Page HIV/AIDS, biomarkers, Glutathione, homocysteine, enzymology, environment January 28, 2020
Cellular Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology Dr. Triscia Hendrickson Emory College Associate Professor The Hendrickson lab investigates the mechanism of flagellar motility, specifically looking at the role of the dynein complex. Faculty Page IC138, dynein, regulation, flagella, cell motility March 22, 2020
Cellular Biology, Metabolism, Molecular Biology Dr. Judith Simcox University of Wisconsin-Madison Assistant Professor The Simcox lab investigates how brown adipocytes are fueled and regulated during thermogenesis (i.e. during exposure to the cold). Faculty Page adipocytes, cell regulation, lipids, thermogenesis, metabolic disease, diabetes, obesity April 8, 2020
Cancer Biology, Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology Dr. Christina Termini University of California - Los Angeles Post-doc Dr. Termini investigates how we can improve the success of hematopoietic stem cell transplants in patients with leukemia or lymphoma post radiation therapy. Research Website Twitter transplants, stem cells, radiation, proteoglycans, hematopoiesis, leukemia, bone marrow April 10, 2020
Health Equity, Nutrition, Public Health Dr. Karen Flórez CUNY - School of Public Health Assistant Professor The Flórez group investigates the sociocultural determinants of diet and obesity, with a specific focus on childhood obesity. Faculty Page health equity, diet, obesity, social determinants, food deserts April 5, 2020
Health Equity, Nutrition, Public Health Dr. Maribel Campos Rivera University of Puerto Rico Professor The Campos Rivera group investigates ways to promote healthy sleep and feeding practices in infants to decrease obesity early in life. Research Page NCBI Publication Page obesity, infancy, sleep, nutrition, health equity, Hispanic/Latina/o/x, stress, WIC, physical activity/exercise, science education April 24, 2020
Health Equity, Psychology, Sociology Dr. Crystal M. Glover Rush University Assistant Professor Dr. Glover focuses on social cognitive processes and their role in healthy aging and decision making in older age, especially among socially disadvantaged groups. Her current NIA-funded work examines decision making regarding brain donation among older minorities. Overall, through research, Dr. Glover aims to address health disparities and facilitate health equity in aging, especially using mixed-methods research approaches. Faculty Page Twitter social cognition, aging, cognition, health equity, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, minority aging, social determinants of health March 18, 2020
Epidemiology, Nutrition, Statistics Dr. Daniela Sotres-Alvarez University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Associate Professor Dr. Sotres-Alvarez's research experience and interest includes addressing measurement error in dietary intake and physical activity and assessing its impact in the association of these exposures with health outcomes, particularly in Hispanic and Latinx populations. Faculty Page Pubmed Page Health equity, diet, exercise, obesity January 13, 2020
Epidemiology, Health Equity, Public Health Dr. Sandra Albrecht Columbia University Assistant Professor The Albrecht group investigates the socio-cultural and environmental factors contributing to obesity and diabetes amongst U.S. Latino and immigrant populations. Faculty Page Twitter Obesity, diabetes, nutrition, health equity, social determinants, Latinx, diet April 1, 2020
Epidemiology, Health Equity, Public Health Dr. Shakira Suglia Emory College Associate Professor The Suglia group investigates the impact of social determinants - including violence and housing - on cardiometabolic health outcomes amongst Puerto Rican young adults. Faculty Page health equity, metabolism, Latinx, violence, social determinants, stress, childhood April 10, 2020
Epidemiology, Health Equity, Public Health Dr. Mayra Estrella The University of Illinois at Chicago Assistant Professor The Estrella group investigates the metabolic health of Latina/o/x and Hispanic communities. ResearchGate health equity, metabolism, obesity, Latinx, social determinants, health literacy, cognitive function April 16, 2020