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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1) At this point in time, we don’t post our speakers’ emails publicly. If you find a speaker but are unable to find their contact information online, you can reach out to us at dscnatl@gmail.com.
2) Please see here for a list of sorted subfields.

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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, Health Equity, Public Health Dr. Sandra Albrecht Columbia University Assistant Professor The Albrecht group investigates the socio-cultural and environmental factors contributing to obesity and diabetes amongst U.S. Latino and immigrant populations. Faculty Page Twitter Obesity, diabetes, nutrition, health equity, social determinants, Latinx, diet April 1, 2020
Epidemiology, Health Equity, Public Health Dr. Shakira Suglia Emory College Associate Professor The Suglia group investigates the impact of social determinants - including violence and housing - on cardiometabolic health outcomes amongst Puerto Rican young adults. Faculty Page health equity, metabolism, Latinx, violence, social determinants, stress, childhood April 10, 2020
Epidemiology, Health Equity, Public Health Dr. Mayra Estrella The University of Illinois at Chicago Assistant Professor The Estrella group investigates the metabolic health of Latina/o/x and Hispanic communities. ResearchGate health equity, metabolism, obesity, Latinx, social determinants, health literacy, cognitive function April 16, 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. Florentine (Flora) Rutaganira University of California - Berkeley Post-doc Dr. Rutaganira uses chemical tools to decipher the roles of key signaling networks in choanoflagellates, single-celled organisms that are the closest living relatives of animals. Dr. Rutaganira expects her studies will spark new understanding of animal multicellularity & development, physiology, and disease. Lab website Radio Appearance choanoflagellates, kinases, chemical biology, cell signaling, chemical probe, multicellularity, phosphorylation July 2, 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
Nutrition, Public Health Dr. Cristina Palacios Florida State University Associate Professor The Palacios group investigates the effects of diet (including dietary supplements) and exercise on bone and body composition and in developing interventions using technology for obesity prevention. Faculty Page NCBI Page supplements, obesity, exercise, children/adolescents, pregnancy, infancy April 13, 2020
Genetics, Sociology Dr. Keolu Fox University of California - San Diego Assistant Professor The Fox group uses genetic approaches to investigate archaeological remains and variations in our human predecessors. Faculty Page molecular paleopathology, research ethics, Indigenous communities, paleoanthropology, Neaderthaals April 8, 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, Marine Biology Dr. Emily Choy McGill University Post-doc I study the ecophysiology and food web ecology of Arctic beluga whales and seabirds and the impacts of climate change. Research Page Polar biology, ecophysiology, ecotoxicology, marine mammal, seabirds, Arctic biology, food web ecology, ecotoxicology, community-based research, marine mammal science, seabird ecology, climate change June 19, 2020
Ecology, Microbiology Dr. Ethell Vereen Morehouse College Assistant Professor Investigations focus on using traditional and state-of-the-art genomic and metagenomic approaches to understand how bacteria affect ecosystem and human health; as well as the diversity and function of microbial communities in various ecosystems. Lab Website Contact Page antibiotic resistance, water quality, waterborne pathogens, Salmonella, Campylobacter, pedagogy, metagenomics, environmental health June 24, 2020