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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|Field (see Notes for sorted subfields)||Preferred Name||Institution||Position||Description||Website||Tags||Date Updated|
|Cancer Biology, Cellular Biology, Health Equity, Molecular Biology||Dr. Glenn Simmons Jr||University of Minnesota||Assistant Professor||A broadly trained molecular biologist whose lab studies cancer biology and health disparities using community-based participatory research.||Lab Website||Cancer immunology, health disparities, STEM training||July 7, 2020|
|Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Genetics, Health Equity||Krystal Tsosie||Vanderbilt University||Ph.D. Candidate, Co-Principal Investigator||Krystal investigates the underlying genetic determinants of pre-eclampsia in a US American Indian population. She also has co-founded the first Indigenous-led biobank for tribes in the US, and studies community engagement and ethics related to genomics research in Indigenous populations.||Lab Website||health equity, Indigenous, ethics, community engagement, data science, Women's Health, biobanking||February 10, 2020|
|Epidemiology, Health Equity, Public Health, Research Ethics||Dr. Francine C. Gachupin||The University of Arizona||Associate Professor||The Gachupin group investigates chronic disease and related behavioral risk factors within Native American/American Indian communities. (https://www.facebook.com/francine.gachupin)||Faculty Page||health equity, epidemiology, cancer, diet, hepatitis, diabetes, cognitive impairment, Indigenous, chronic disease, health promotion, human subjects protection||May 13, 2020|
|Epidemiology, Metabolism, Nutrition, Reproduction/Fertility||Dr. Jorge Chavarro||Harvard University||Associate Professor||The Chavarro group investigates how nutrition impacts reproduction throughout the life course with a focus on fertility in males (semen quality) and females (ovulation, implantation, embryonic survival, etc) and common complications of pregnancy (hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, gestational diabetes).||Faculty Page||obesity, fertility, pregnancy, diet||January 9, 2020|
|Biochemistry, Gerontology/Geroscience, Health Equity, Proteomics||Dr. Christina King||Vanderbilt University||Post-doc||Dr. King investigates racial disparities in hypertension and Alzheimer's disease using plasma proteomics.||Research Page||basic research, hypertension, Alzheimer's disease, aging||June 29, 2020|
|Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology||Dr. Denise Okafor||Penn State University||Assistant Professor||The Okafor lab investigates the structural and mechanistic underpinnings of protein regulation using molecular dynamics simulations.||Lab Website||allosteric regulation, protein structure and function, functional evolution, molecular dynamics simulations||July 7, 2020|
|Epigenetics, Genetics, Neuroscience, Psychology||Dr. Janitza L. Montalvo-Ortiz||Yale University||Assistant Professor||The Montalvo-Ortiz lab investigates the underlying genetic/epigenetic basis of psychiatric disorders and how traumatic events increase risk for mental disorders.||Faculty Page||trauma, mental illness, psychiatry, substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, child abuse, depression||October 29, 2019|
|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|
|Epigenetics, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology||Dr. Antonio Gomez||University of California - Davis||Post-doc||Dr. Gomez conducts research in Epigenetics and RNA function with emphasis on the role of these processes in development and cancer. He completed a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Stanford studying host genetics of infection and is currently a postdoc in the labs of Janine LaSalle and David Segal at UC Davis.||Research Page||CRISPR Screens, Data Analysis, Epigenetics, Viral Engineering, Protein Analysis, Immunology, RNA biology||October 19, 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||yeast, C. albicans, evolution, aneuploidy, genetic variation||January 10, 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 22, 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||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 24, 2020|
|Environmental Science & Resource Conservation, Health Equity, Public Health||Dr. Grace Bulltail||University of Wisconsin-Madison||Assistant Professor||The Bulltail group investigates the impact of natural resource development and water management on water quality, especially looking at tribal waterways and the use of tribal resources.||Faculty Page||watershed management, tribal sovereignty, water quality, oil, gas, natural resources||September 11, 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||encoding, memory, retrieval, perception||December 16, 2019|
|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||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||osteoarthritis, synovial fluid, bone, hyaluronic acid, biomaterials||June 24, 2020|