Speakers List

A recurring issue at conferences and seminars is the underwhelming number of URM 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 URM researchers across every field of STEM and Medicine. 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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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
Biomedical Engineering, Genetics, Microbiology Dr. Kishana Taylor Carnegie Mellon University Adjunct Professor, Post-doc Dr. Taylor investigates the rate of reassortment between influenza viruses during co-infection. Research Website Virology, reassortment, Eco-epidemioogy, Arbovirology September 21, 2020
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 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 8, 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 electrochemistry, batteries, imaging, electrocatalysis, fuel cell, photoelectrocatalysis October 16, 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 Nanotechnology, inorganic chemistry, materials science, environmental engineering, sustainable energy December 17, 2019
Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Optics/Photonics Dr. Kwabena Bediako University of California - Berkeley Assistant Professor The Bediako lab works on the mesoscopic investigation of interfacial charge transfer and charge transport in two-dimensional (2D) materials and heterostructures. Lab Website electrochemistry, Low-Dimensional Materials, Quantum Transport, Optoelectronics August 4, 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 12, 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, Nutrition Dr. Alissa Armstrong University of South Carolina Assistant Professor The Armstrong lab investigates how cells communicate to regulate nutritional intake, obesity and adipocyte response to dietary intake. Lab Website cell signaling, stem cells, adipocytes, nutrition, homeostasis, obesity, Drosophila July 22, 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 16, 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, Molecular Biology, Proteomics Dr. Gustavo M. Silva Duke University Assistant Professor The Silva lab investigates molecular and systems mechanisms by which cells use ubiquitin-mediated processes to control protein synthesis and degradation further supporting cellular resistance to stresses. Lab Website oxidative stress, ubiquitin, translation, proteasome, proteomics, s. cerevisiae, yeast July 7, 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 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 obesity, infancy, sleep, nutrition, health equity, Hispanic/Latina/o/x, stress, WIC, physical activity/exercise, science education April 24, 2020