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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Health Equity, Physical Rehabilitation, Psychology Dr. Susan Flowers Benton Southern University at Baton Rouge Assistant Professor The Flowers Benton lab investigates how to create more inclusive health promotion interventions, in order to address disparities in chronic illness and aging, and also investigates how researchers can build stronger relationships with the community to increase African American participation in Alzheimer's Disease and other biomedical research. health equity, research participation, Alzheimer's Disease, Rehabilitation Psychology October 13, 2020
Health Equity, Public Health, Research Ethics Dr. Stephanie Russo Carroll The University of Arizona Assistant Professor The Collaboratory for Indigenous Data Governance develops research, policy, and practice innovations for Indigenous data sovereignty. The lab’s research, teaching, and engagement seek to transform institutional governance and ethics for Indigenous control of Indigenous data, particularly within open science, open data, and big data contexts. Lab Website Indigenous, policy, data sovereignty September 29, 2020
Health Equity, Kinesiology, Public Health Dr. David X. Marquez The University of Illinois at Chicago Professor The Marquez lab investigates how physical activity interventions can be used in the prevention of disability and the maintenance of cognitive function and quality of life in older Latino adults. Lab Website exercise psychology, behavioral medicine September 1, 2020
Health Equity, Psychology, Sociology Dr. Crystal M. Glover Rush University Assistant Professor Dr. Glover focuses on social cognitive processes and their role in healthy aging and decision making in older age, especially among socially disadvantaged groups. Her current NIA-funded work examines decision making regarding brain donation among older minorities. Overall, through research, Dr. Glover aims to address health disparities and facilitate health equity in aging, especially using mixed-methods research approaches. Faculty Page social cognition, aging, cognition, health equity, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, minority aging, social determinants of health March 18, 2020
Epidemiology, Nutrition, Public Health Dr. Alejandra Jáuregui de la Mota Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública Department Chair The Department of Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles, led by Dr. Jáuregui de la Mota, investigates the impact of health policies and environmental modifications on healthy lifestyles, including diet and physical activity. She has a special interest in physical activity promotion among children. Google Scholar obesity, malnutrition, exercise, nutrition labels, physical education August 31, 2020
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 Health equity, diet, exercise, obesity January 10, 2020
Epidemiology, Health Equity, Public Health Dr. Olga Lucia Sarmiento Dueñas Universidad de los Andes - Colombia Professor, Principal Investigator The Lucia Sarmiento Dueñas group investigates physical activity trends amongst Latino adolescents. CV exercise, obesity, adolescents September 10, 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 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 15, 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, Chemistry, Microbiology Dr. Antonio Tinoco Valencia Harvard University Post-doc Dr. Tinoco Valencia's research focuses on the discovery of microbial biochemical reactions occurring in the human gut microbiome, the characterization of new microbial enzymes, and investigating the impact of microbial metabolism on human health and disease. LinkedIn human microbiome, microbial metabolism, mechanistic enzymology, bioorganic chemistry, biological engineering July 24, 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 choanoflagellates, kinases, chemical biology, cell signaling, chemical probe, multicellularity, phosphorylation July 1, 2020
Biochemistry, Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology Dr. Jarrett Smith Whitehead Institute Post-doc Dr. Smith investigates the function of stress granules - collections of RNA and RNA-binding proteins that form when the cell is exposed to stress. He aims to uncover their role in the pathology of diseases including cancer, viral infections, and neurodegenerative diseases. LinkedIn stress, mRNA, stress granules, neurodegeneration, translation July 7, 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 October 28, 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 aging, metabolism, heart failure, kidney injury, biosynthesis, NAD/NAD+ March 11, 2020
Epigenetics, Genetics, Plant Sciences Dr. Xuehua Zhong University of Wisconsin-Madison Associate Professor The Zhong lab investigates the epigenetic mechanisms underlying plant cell differentiation and environmental adaptation. Lab Website differentiation, development, epigenetics, chromatin, environment, adaptation, biomass August 26, 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 health equity, sexual health, HIV/AIDS, culture, health interventions, health psychology February 4, 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 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 HIV, evolution, DNA damage response, host pathogen interaction, lentivirus, innate immunity December 10, 2019