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. If you find a speaker but are unable to find their contact information online, you can reach out to us at dscnatl@gmail.com. Also, please email nominations for scientists to be on our list to DSCnatl@gmail.com!


We are not the only resource out there! Check out these websites for other lists highlighting historically disenfranchised groups:
– General: International Forum for Cell Biology Speaker’s List
– Hispanics in STEM: National Hispanic Science Network
– LGBTQ+ in STEM: 500 Queer Scientists in STEM
– Women in neuroscience: Anne’s List
– Women & URM scientists: Keystone Symposia
– Diversity in Chemistry: Diversify Chemistry
– Latinx Scientists in STEM: NIH List
– Black Mathematicians: Mathematically Gifted & Black

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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, 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
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, Psychology, Public Health Dr. Edna Acosta Pérez University of Puerto Rico - Medical Science Campus Assistant Professor The Acosta Pérez group investigates epigenetic variation in children with asthma, factors affecting HIV incidence and community engagement approaches for eliminating health disparities and violence in Puerto Rico ResearchGate HIV, Health Equity, Asthma, Mental Health, Obesity, Community Engagement, Social Community Psychology January 21, 2020
Biochemistry, Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology Dr. Jorge Torres University of California - Los Angeles Professor The Torres Lab investigates the mechanisms behind mitotic microtubule spindle formation in cell division. Lab Website cell cycle, cell division, spindle assembly, microtubules, motor proteins, phosphatase, methyltransferase, ubiquitin ligase, computational modeling November 13, 2019
Biochemistry, Metabolism, Molecular Biology Dr. Melanie R. McReynolds Princeton University Post-doc Dr. McReynolds is a Postdoctoral fellow (HHMI Hanna Gray and Burroughs Wellcome Fund PDEP) investigating the role of NAD metabolism, specifically looking at its role in pathologic states and aging. https://www.asbmb.org/asbmb-today/people/060119/understanding-metabolism-and-aging LinkedIn Twitter aging, metabolism, heart failure, kidney injury, biosynthesis, NAD/NAD+ March 13, 2020
Psychology, Public Health, Sociology Dr. Jasmine Abrams Boston University Assistant Professor The Global Community Health Promotion Network investigates how culture can be utilized to understand and reduce health disparities, especially in women's health and the prevention of HIV/AIDS. Dr. Abrams instagram can be found at @drjasmineabrams. Lab Website Twitter health equity, sexual health, HIV/AIDS, culture, health interventions, health psychology February 6, 2020
Metabolism, Neuroscience, Nutrition Dr. Valerie Darcey NIH - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Post-doc Dr. Darcey is a post-doc in the Hall lab where she investigates the potential effects of diet and nutritional status on our brain physiology and how that may affect our habits and ability to control our impulses. Find out more about her work here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/valerie-darcey-2428a489, and here: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5053-4567 Research Page Twitter habits, dopamine, striatum, obesity, nutrition, health equity, diet February 22, 2020
Immunology, Microbiology, Virology Dr. Oliver I Fregoso University of California - Los Angeles Assistant Professor The Fregoso Lab investigates the life cycle and evolution of primate lentiviruses such as HIV. They are currently focused on how DNA damage response proteins and pathways regulate lentiviral replication. Lab Website Twitter HIV, evolution, DNA damage response, host pathogen interaction, lentivirus, innate immunity December 10, 2019
Entomology, Evolution, Genetics Dr. Jessica Ware American Museum of Natural History Associate Curator The Ware group investigates the evolution of dragonflies and Dictyoptera, specifically focusing on the mechanics of their wings in flight and the social behaviors surrounding their mating. Lab Website behavior, biomechanics, mating, isoptera, phylogenetics, genetic diversity, genomics March 6, 2020
Biophysics, Neuroscience, Physiology Dr. Anel Jaramillo Vanderbilt University Post-doc Dr. Jaramillo is a post-doc in the Winder Lab where she investigates the physiology underlying anxiety and alcohol use disorders and how it can be harnessed to provide effective pharmacotherapies. ResearchGate Twitter substance abuse, alcohol, plasticity, glutamate, striatal cortex, stress, anxiety, behavior, addiction, pharmacology December 16, 2019
Nutrition, Public Health Dr. Josiemer Mattei Harvard University Associate Professor The Mattei group investigates the genetic, dietary, and psychosocial risk factors for obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in underserved populations. The group conducts research using population-based cohort studies, mixed-methods approaches, and community-based and clinical interventions. Faculty Page obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, race/ethnicity, health disparities, diet, stress, Hispanics/Latinos December 16, 2019
Nutrition, Public Health Dr. Uriyoán Colón-Ramos The George Washington University Associate Professor The Colón-Ramos group investigates dietary disparities in the US and globally. They have many years of experience working among Hispanic subgroups in the US, Latin America and the Caribbean, among others. The goal of this work is to inform and contributing to policy change. Faculty Page diet, food security, food sovereignty, policy, cardiometabolic risk, diabetes January 14, 2020
Genetics, Statistical Genetics Dr. Timothy Thornton University of Washington Associate Professor The Thornton lab develops and applies statistical methods and software for the analysis of large-scale genetic data to gain a better understanding of the genetic contributions to human health and diseases. His research largely focuses on genetic analyses in ancestrally diverse populations, and particularly U.S. minority populations who often bear a disproportionate burden for many diseases, including African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Faculty Page statistics, genetics, relatedness, ancestry admixture, population structure September 25, 2019
Ecology, Microbiology Dr. Adriana Romero-Olivares University of New Hampshire Post-doc Dr. Romero-Olivares investigates how changes in the ecosystem (especially those pertaining to global climate change) affect microbial adaptation and evolution. Website climate change, global warming, microbiomes, fungi September 17, 2019
Clinical - Obstetrics/gynecology, Neuroscience Dr. Kedra Wallace The University of Mississippi Associate Professor The Wallace Lab studies the relationship between hypertension and inflammation during pregnancy with post-partum depression, anxiety and cognitive decline through via basic science, translational and clinical research studies. The Wallace lab also looks at the effect of uterine fibroids on women's mental health while trying to understand the basic pathogenesis of uterine fibroids. Facebook Page preeclampsia, hypertension, pregnancy, HELLP syndrome, uterine fibroids, depression, anxiety June 24, 2019
Computational Neuroscience, Neuroscience Dr. Arif Hamid Brown University Post-doc Dr. Hamid is a post-doc in the Moore and Frank lab where he investigates how dopamine and the cortico-basal ganglia are involved in reward-learning and motivation. Research Website Twitter dopamine, reward, learning, motivation, decision making January 13, 2020