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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Field/Subfield (see Notes for sorted subfields)Preferred NameInstitutionPositionDescriptionWebsiteWebsite 2TagsDate Updated
Ecology, Microbiology Dr. Adriana Romero-Olivares University of New Hampshire Post-doc Dr. Romero-Olivares investigates how changes in the ecosystem (especially those pertaining to global climate change) affect microbial adaptation and evolution. Website climate change, global warming, microbiomes, fungi September 17, 2019
Ecology, Entomology Dr. Melissa Sanchez Herrera Universidad del Rosario Post-doc Dr. Sanchez Herrera investigates, tracks, and categorizes various insects, specifically focusing on damselflies. Research Website phylogenetics, taxonomy, damselflies June 8, 2020
Clinical - Obstetrics/gynecology, Neuroscience Dr. Kedra Wallace The University of Mississippi Associate Professor The Wallace Lab studies the relationship between hypertension and inflammation during pregnancy with post-partum depression, anxiety and cognitive decline through via basic science, translational and clinical research studies. The Wallace lab also looks at the effect of uterine fibroids on women's mental health while trying to understand the basic pathogenesis of uterine fibroids. Facebook Page preeclampsia, hypertension, pregnancy, HELLP syndrome, uterine fibroids, depression, anxiety April 17, 2020
Computational Neuroscience, Neuroscience Dr. Arif Hamid Brown University Post-doc Dr. Hamid is a post-doc in the Moore and Frank lab where he investigates how dopamine and the cortico-basal ganglia are involved in reward-learning and motivation. Research Website Twitter dopamine, reward, learning, motivation, decision making January 13, 2020
Computational Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry Dr. Clyde A. Daly Jr. Johns Hopkins University Post-doc Dr. Daly works in the Hernandez Lab to investigate interactions between nanoparticles, cell membranes and proteins. Additionally, he is modeling nanoparticle toxicity using machine learning. Google Scholar Page nanoparticles, machine learning, cell membrane, protein March 28, 2020
Biomedical Engineering, Orthopedics Dr. Brittany Taylor University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine Post-doc Dr. Taylor investigates different scaffolding materials that can be used to aid bone structure and regeneration. Research Page biomechanics, bone regeneration, vascularization June 5, 2020
Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Dr. Brooke Odle Hope College Assistant Professor Dr. Odle explores the feasibility of neural stimulation to assist independent transfers after paralysis. Her prior work encompasses the restoration of standing balance after spinal cord injury, musculoskeletal modeling and simulations of manual wheelchair propulsion, and the development of a kinematic toolbox to assess reaching movements. ResearchGate Twitter spinal cord injury, paralysis, peripheral nervous system (PNS), assistive devices, musculoskeletal, biomechanics March 24, 2020
Computational Biology, Genetics Dr. Angela Brooks University of California - Santa Cruz Assistant Professor The Brooks lab investigates mutations that affect mRNA splicing and the role of alternative splicing in disease. Lab Website Twitter gene expression, RNA splicing, cancer January 24, 2020
Clinical - Psychology, Developmental Psychology Dr. Claudia Lugo-Candelas Columbia University Medical Center Assistant Professor Dr. Lugo-Candelas is an Assistant Professor in the Posner Lab studying the prenatal exposures that increase risk for impulse control disorders in children. Specifically, she is interested in the role of maternal inflammation as a risk factor for ADHD. Faculty Page Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), childhood psychology, obesity, perinatal care, neuroimaging November 29, 2019
Clinical - Psychology, Gerontology/Geroscience Dr. Tasneem Khambaty, PhD University of Maryland - Baltimore County Assistant Professor The Khambaty research team aims to identify early vulnerabilities to cardiometabolic disease and related accelerated aging from a lifespan development perspective. Specifically, we examine (a) psychosocial and neurocognitive risk factors for cardiometabolic disease and associated health disparities to address the prevention of type 2 diabetes; and (b) relations of diabetes to cognitive function and aging, with a focus on minorities, and those of lower socioeconomic status. Faculty Page biopsychosocial, diabetes, prevention, aging, cognition, health equity, depression, anxiety, dementia, behavioral medicine, gerontology, geroscience June 23, 2020
Clinical - Nephrology, Clinical - Pediatrics Dr. Nilka deJesús-González University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences Campus Associate Professor The de Jesús-González group investigates health care outcomes and disparities accessing care among children with end-stage renal disease and kidney transplant. ResearchGate pediatrics, end-stage renal disease, kidney transplant, health care outcomes, disparities, pediatric nephrology May 8, 2020
Clinical - Cardiology, Genetics Dr. Wenndy Hernandez The University of Chicago Instructor The Hernandez group investigates the molecular and genetic underpinnings of cardiovascular disease, specifically looking at ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke in African American patients. Faculty Page cardiovascular disease (CVD), genetics, health equity, stroke, precision medicine, Warfarin March 22, 2020
Clinical - Cardiology, Neuroscience Dr. Olujimi A. Ajijola University of California - Los Angeles Assistant Professor The Ajijola Lab investigates neural regulation of the heart and cardiovascular system, and develops neuroscience-based therapies for cardiovascular diseases. Lab Website electrophysiology, arrhythmia, innervation, neurocardiology, autonomic nervous system (ANS), viral engineering, heart failure, myocardial infarction November 13, 2019
Chemical Engineering, Materials Chemistry Dr. Maria Carreon South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Assistant Professor The Carreon Garciduenas lab investigates the synthesis of new materials derived from: ammonia, carbamates, carbon dioxide, graphene, organic metals, and zeolite. Lab Website plasma catalysis, nanotechnology, low temperature/low pressure synthesis November 29, 2019
Materials Chemistry, Thermodynamics Dr. Jorge A. Muñoz The University of Texas at El Paso Assistant Professor The Muñoz group investigates thermodynamics and systems in disequilibrium using computational modeling and machine learning. Lab Website thermal expansion, chaos, computational physics May 27, 2020
Materials Chemistry, Photochemistry Dr. Steven A. Lopez Northeastern University Assistant Professor The Lopez group uses modern computational methods to determine the mechanisms of organic photochemical reactions in collaboration with experimentalists. Lab Website Twitter photochemistry, photovoltaics (OPVs), sustainable energy, machine learning, Covalent organic frameworks (COFs) March 28, 2020
Materials Chemistry, Nanotechnology Dr. Erick Vasquez University of Dayton Assistant Professor The Vasquez Lab works on developing stable, multifunctional surfaces based on inorganic nanoparticles (ie silver, gold, and silica) combined with polymers. These materials can be used downstream in processes such as water purification, biofuel production, etc. Lab Website Twitter nanotechnology, inorganic November 13, 2019
Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry Dr. Luisa Whittaker-Brooks The University of Utah Assistant Professor The Whittaker-Brooks Lab investigates novel inorganic and organic nanomaterials that can be used in solar energy, thermoelectrics, batteries and electronics. Lab Website synthetic inorganic-organic chemistry, spectroscopy, nanofabrication, renewable energy November 13, 2019
Applied Mathematics, Sociology Dr. Nathan Alexander Morehouse College Visiting Professor The Alexander group applies mathematical modeling to better understand equity in education. Lab Website Critical Race Theory (CRT), education, pedagogy March 13, 2020
Physical Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics Dr. Joel Yuen-Zhou University of California - San Diego Assistant Professor The Yuen-Zhou lab investigates how light interacts with molecular matter in weak, strong, and ultrastrong coupling regimes, specifically looking at molecular polaritons and topological phases of matter. Lab Website Twitter theoretical chemistry, condensed matter theory, light, optics, molecular light-matter interactions, topological phases of matter March 23, 2020