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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Field/SubfieldPreferred NameInstitutionPositionDescriptionWebsiteWebsite 2TagsDate Updated
Computational Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry Dr. Clyde A. Daly Jr. Johns Hopkins University Post-doc Dr. Daly works in the Hernandez Lab to investigate interactions between nanoparticles, cell membranes and proteins. Additionally, he is modeling nanoparticle toxicity using machine learning. Google Scholar Page nanoparticles, machine learning, cell membrane, protein March 28, 2020
Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Dr. Brooke Odle Hope College Assistant Professor Dr. Odle explores the feasibility of neural stimulation to assist independent transfers after paralysis. Her prior work encompasses the restoration of standing balance after spinal cord injury, musculoskeletal modeling and simulations of manual wheelchair propulsion, and the development of a kinematic toolbox to assess reaching movements. ResearchGate Twitter spinal cord injury, paralysis, peripheral nervous system (PNS), assistive devices, musculoskeletal, biomechanics March 24, 2020
Computational Biology, Genetics Dr. Angela Brooks University of California - Santa Cruz Assistant Professor The Brooks lab investigates mutations that affect mRNA splicing and the role of alternative splicing in disease. Lab Website Twitter gene expression, RNA splicing, cancer January 24, 2020
Clinical - Psychology, Developmental Psychology Dr. Claudia Lugo-Candelas Columbia University Medical Center Assistant Professor Dr. Lugo-Candelas is an Assistant Professor in the Posner Lab studying the prenatal exposures that increase risk for impulse control disorders in children. Specifically, she is interested in the role of maternal inflammation as a risk factor for ADHD. Faculty Page Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), childhood psychology, obesity, perinatal care, neuroimaging November 29, 2019
Clinical - Cardiology, Genetics Dr. Wenndy Hernandez The University of Chicago Instructor The Hernandez group investigates the molecular and genetic underpinnings of cardiovascular disease, specifically looking at ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke in African American patients. Faculty Page cardiovascular disease (CVD), genetics, health equity, stroke, precision medicine, Warfarin March 22, 2020
Clinical - Cardiology, Neuroscience Dr. Olujimi A. Ajijola University of California - Los Angeles Assistant Professor The Ajijola Lab investigates neural regulation of the heart and cardiovascular system, and develops neuroscience-based therapies for cardiovascular diseases. Lab Website electrophysiology, arrhythmia, innervation, neurocardiology, autonomic nervous system (ANS), viral engineering, heart failure, myocardial infarction November 13, 2019
Chemical Engineering, Materials Chemistry Dr. Maria Carreon South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Assistant Professor The Carreon Garciduenas lab investigates the synthesis of new materials derived from: ammonia, carbamates, carbon dioxide, graphene, organic metals, and zeolite. Lab Website plasma catalysis, nanotechnology, low temperature/low pressure synthesis November 29, 2019
Materials Chemistry, Photochemistry Dr. Steven A. Lopez Northeastern University Assistant Professor The Lopez group uses modern computational methods to determine the mechanisms of organic photochemical reactions in collaboration with experimentalists. Lab Website Twitter photochemistry, photovoltaics (OPVs), sustainable energy, machine learning, Covalent organic frameworks (COFs) March 28, 2020
Materials Chemistry, Nanotechnology Dr. Erick Vasquez University of Dayton Assistant Professor The Vasquez Lab works on developing stable, multifunctional surfaces based on inorganic nanoparticles (ie silver, gold, and silica) combined with polymers. These materials can be used downstream in processes such as water purification, biofuel production, etc. Lab Website Twitter nanotechnology, inorganic November 13, 2019
Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry Dr. Luisa Whittaker-Brooks The University of Utah Assistant Professor The Whittaker-Brooks Lab investigates novel inorganic and organic nanomaterials that can be used in solar energy, thermoelectrics, batteries and electronics. Lab Website synthetic inorganic-organic chemistry, spectroscopy, nanofabrication, renewable energy November 13, 2019
Applied Mathematics, Sociology Dr. Nathan Alexander Morehouse College Visiting Professor The Alexander group applies mathematical modeling to better understand equity in education. Lab Website Critical Race Theory (CRT), education, pedagogy March 13, 2020
Physical Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics Dr. Joel Yuen-Zhou University of California - San Diego Assistant Professor The Yuen-Zhou lab investigates how light interacts with molecular matter in weak, strong, and ultrastrong coupling regimes, specifically looking at molecular polaritons and topological phases of matter. Lab Website Twitter theoretical chemistry, condensed matter theory, light, optics, molecular light-matter interactions, topological phases of matter March 23, 2020
Molecular Biology, Neuroscience Dr. E. Javier Lopez Soto Brown University Post-doc Dr. López Soto is a Warren Alpert Fellow and Post-doc in the Lipscombe Lab. He studies how alternative pre-mRNA splicing, a mechanism that fine-tunes the properties of neuronal proteins for specific cellular tasks, is tightly regulated in pain pathways and integrated with epigenetic mechanisms to control nociception. Research Gate alternative splicing, epigenetics, RNA processing, chronic pain, pain January 6, 2020
Medical Mycology, Microbiology Dr. Jesus Antonio Romo Tufts University Post-doc Dr. Romo works in the Kumamoto laboratory at Tufts University School of Medicine investigating the effects of Candida species during infection by bacterial pathogens in the context of the gastrointestinal tract. Please visit https://www.asm.org/Biographies/Jesus-Antonio-Romo for his podcast. Research Page Twitter human microbiome, mycobiome, fungus, GI tract, C. difficile, Candida November 13, 2019
Electrochemistry, Pharmacology Dr. Netz Arroyo Johns Hopkins Medicine Assistant Professor The Arroyo laboratory focuses on the engineering of electrochemical biosensors enabling the continuous, real-time monitoring of therapeutic agents in situ in the body. Lab Website Selected Paper biomedical engineering, electrochemistry, personalized medicine, precision medicine, pharmacokinetics, in-vivo biosensing February 16, 2020
Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology Dr. Jesse Zamudio University of California - Los Angeles Assistant Professor The Zamudio lab maps RNA-mediated interactions to investigate how RNA and RNA binding proteins establish the gene expression programs that determine cell identity. Faculty Page ncRNAs, miRNA, lncRNA, ceRNA, gene regulation January 13, 2020
Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology Dr. Samantha C. Lewis University of California - Berkeley Assistant Professor The Lewis Lab aims to reveal the cellular mechanisms that ensure mitochondrial DNA integrity and inheritance in metazoans, using quantitative imaging, genetics, and systems biology approaches. Lab Website Twitter mitochondria, membrane contact sites, DNA replication, organelle biogenesis January 21, 2020
Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology Dr. Derrick J. Morton Emory University Post-doc Dr. Morton's research employs genetic approaches to understand key developmental pathways and how alterations in gene expression contributes to neurological disease. Specifically, his research project exploits Drosophila melanogaster to model human diseases caused by mutations in genes that encode core components of the RNA exosome complex (a protein complex responsible for processing and degrading RNAs). Dr. Morton is currently funded by both an NIH Individual postdoctoral fellowship (F32)and a Burroughs Wellcome Postdoctoral Enrichment Award (PDEP). LinkedIn Twitter RNA processing, RNA degradation, pontocerebellar hypoplasia, Gene expression February 6, 2020
Cellular Biology, Neuroscience Dr. Zayd Khaliq NIH - Intramural Research Program Principal Investigator The Khaliq lab investigates various cellular mechanisms of dopamine-releasing neurons including voltage-gated ion channel functioning and the role of neuromodulatory inputs. Faculty Page dopamine, movement, reward, voltage-gated ion channels, learning January 13, 2020
Cancer Biology, Pharmacology Dr. Tamaro Hudson Howard University Assistant Professor The Hudson Lab evaluates biomarkers as a way to investigate the potential uses of conventional and natural compounds as cancer therapeutics, specifically looking at the effects to muscadine grape skin extract on prostate cancer. Faculty Page Prostate cancer, cancer therapeutics, androgens, heat shock proteins (HSP), phospholipids, protease Inhibitors September 13, 2019