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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|Field (see Notes for sorted subfields)||Preferred Name||Institution||Position||Description||Website||Tags||Date Updated|
|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.||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.||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|