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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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