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.


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: Female Neuroscientists
– Diversity in Chemistry: Diversify Chemistry

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Neuroscience Dr. Jose Rodrígeuz-Romaguera University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Assistant Professor The Rodríguez-Romaguera lab investigates the neural mechanisms that mediate the hyperarousal states that emerge in many psychiatric disorders. They use a combination of in vivo optical tools that allow for single cell dissection in mice as a model system. Lab Website Twitter anxiety, autism, hyperarousal, emotion, motivation, amygdala, single-cell, calcium imaging, optogenetics
Microbiology Dr. Tracie Delgado Northwest University Associate Professor The Delgado Lab investigates how viruses alter host cell metabolism after infection, and how these metabolic alterations may cause cancer. Faculty Page Twitter metabolism, mouse model, virus-host, glycolysis, cancer, virology
Microbiology Dr. Karl Thompson Howard University Assistant Professor The Thompson Lab investigates bacterial response to stress, particularly looking into chemical modifications of RNA and its effect on gene expression regulation. ResearchGate Profile stress response, bacteriology, gene regulation, RNA expression
Epidemiology Dr. April P. Carson The University of Alabama at Birmingham Associate Professor The Carson Lab investigates factors that contribute to health disparities in diabetes and cardiovascular disease across populations. Faculty Page diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), health disparities, clinical
Epidemiology Dr. M. Ahinee Amamoo Samford University Associate Professor Dr. Amamoo investigates the reasons behind - and methods to eliminate - disparities in health outcomes for chronic disease. Faculty Page disparity, chronic disease, kidney disease, cancer
Psychology Dr. April D. Thames Associate Professor The Thames Lab investigates the complex relationship between chronic disease, substance abuse, and socioeconomic status on psychological outcomes (i.e. mental health and cognition). Faculty Page chronic disease, drug abuse, substance abuse, adversity, stress, cognition, mental health, minority groups
Psychology Dr. Jennifer J. Manly Columbia University Professor The Manly lab investigates lifecourse influences of social and cultural variables (i.e. language, education, racial socialization, socioeconomic status, discrimination) on cognitive aging and risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease, as well as diagnostic accuracy of neuropsychological tests across racial/ethnic groups. Faculty Page education, cognition, Alzheimer's disease, neuropsychology, aging, race, socioeconomic status, social determinants
Psychology Dr. Cynthia Crawford California State University-San Bernardino Professor The Crawford Lab investigates the underlying mechanisms of drug addiction and developmental differences in drug responsivity. Faculty Page drug addiction, neuropsychopharmacology, developmental psychopharmacology
Psychology Dr. Gina Marie Fernandez St. Mary's College of Maryland Assistant Professor The Fernandez Lab uses rodent models to investigate the effects of adolescent nicotine and alcohol exposure on neurodevelopment. Faculty Page development, drug abuse, alcohol, nicotine, adolescence, dendritic morphology
Physiology Dr. Patricia E. Molina Louisiana State University School of Medicine Professor Research in the Molina laboratory focuses on the physiopathological consequences of alcohol and drugs of abuse and their interactions with disease states, including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and HIV/SIV infection. Our scientific team actively collaborates with basic science, clinical, and translational investigators in a wide range of projects that investigate how alcohol and drugs of abuse interact at the molecular, organ system, whole body, and community levels to contribute to disease burden in our society. Lab Website alcohol, drug, substance abuse, metabolism, immunology, behavior, HIV/AIDS, inflammation, endocrinology, trauma, immunosenescence, comorbidities, SIV, antiretroviral therapy
Physiology Dr. Keisa Williams Mathis University of North Texas - Health Science Center Assistant Professor The Mathis lab studies mechanisms through which long-term inflammation can lead to high blood pressure, specifically looking at how communication between the nervous system and immune system may break down leading to hypertension. Lab Website lupus, hypertension, autoimmune, inflammation, autonomic nervous system (ANS), hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis
Entomology Dr. Juliana Rangel Posada Texas A&M University Associate Professor The Rangel Posada lab investigates contributing factors to honey bee growth and survival, including exposure to agrochemicals such as pesticides/insecticides. Faculty Page pesticides, pollen, colony, apis mellifera, honey bee