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. If you find a speaker but are unable to find their contact information online, you can reach out to us at dscnatl@gmail.com. Also, please email nominations for scientists to be on our list to DSCnatl@gmail.com!


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: Anne’s List
– Women & URM scientists: Keystone Symposia
– Diversity in Chemistry: Diversify Chemistry
– Latinx Scientists in STEM: NIH List
– Black Mathematicians: Mathematically Gifted & Black

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Field/SubfieldPreferred NameInstitutionPositionDescriptionWebsiteWebsite 2TagsDate Updated
Bioinformatics, Genetics Dr. Latrice Landry Harvard Medical School Post-doc Dr. Landry is a post-doc in the Department of Biomedical Informatics where she applies systems based methods to look at how nature and nurture contribute to health disparities. Research Page health equity, nutrigenomics, personalized medicine, diet January 13, 2020
Combinatorics, Group Theory Dr. Lindsey-Kay Lauderdale Towson University Assistant Professor Dr. Lauderdale's research lies in an intersection of the areas of combinators and group theory. In particular, her research can be summarized by finding solutions to the following question. How can a given finite group be associated to the structure of a combinatorial object? Faculty Page group theory, automorphisms, permutations October 14, 2019
Pharmacology, Physiology Dr. Manuel F. Navedo University of California - Davis Professor The Navedo Lab investigates how local and global calcium signaling regulates muscle contraction and transcription in physiological and pathological conditions. Lab Website calcium signaling, ion channels, smooth muscle cells, electrophysiology, hyperglycemia, diabetes, hypertension December 5, 2019
Neuroscience, Ophthalmology Dr. Reyna Martínez-De Luna Upstate Medical University Instructor Dr. Martínez-De Luna investigates potential interventions that can be used to address retinal injury. LinkedIn retina, vision, injury, regeneration January 6, 2020
Neuroscience, Psychology Dr. Arturo R. Zavala California State University - Long Beach Associate Professor The Zavala Lab investigates the short- and long-term neurochemical and behavioral effects of exposure to psychostimulant drugs across development (neonatal, adolescence, and adulthood), as well as determine the impact that early exposure to drugs may have on the susceptibility to abuse drugs later in life. Faculty Page neonatal, ADHD, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, serotonin, oxycodone, methamphetamine November 13, 2019
Neuroscience, Psychology Dr. Edmarie Guzmán-Vélez Harvard Medical School Instructor Dr. Guzmán-Vélez investigates the protective benefits of cardiorespiratory fitness on aging and Alzheimer's disease, as well as biomarkers for preclinical Alzheimer’s disease. LinkedIn Twitter Alzheimer's Disease, cognition, memory, exercise January 13, 2020
Neuroscience, Psychology Dr. Nicole Y.Y. Wicha The University of Texas at San Antonio Associate Professor The Wicha lab investigates how the brain processes language, especially in cases of bilingualism, and how language experience affects other cognitive processes, like arithmetic. Lab Website cognition, language, learning, child development, neurodevelopment, math cognition, bilingualism January 14, 2020
Neuroscience, Psychology Dr. Yakeel T. Quiroz Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor, Program Director The Quiroz group investigates the pathophysiology of neurodegeneration and potential biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, especially those measured by neuropsychology, biofluids, and neuroimaging. Lab Website Alzheimer's Disease, cognition, neurodegeneration, biomarkers, dementia, genetics March 28, 2020
Neuroscience, Psychiatry Dr. Luis E. Rosas-Vidal Vanderbilt University Resident Dr. Rosas Vidal's lab investigates neural circuits of fear and avoidance extinction and fear generalization. Faculty Page fear, avoidance, extinction, physiology, endocannabinoids, BDNF December 3, 2019
Neuroscience, Physiology Dr. Lucas Albrechet-Souza Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans Instructor Dr. Albrechet-Souza’s research interest are broadly focused on understanding changes in brain mechanisms induced by traumatic stress in rodents, with emphasis in the involvement of corticotropin-releasing factor and endocannabinoids in discrete brain areas on stress-induced dysregulated behavior, including anxiety, avoidance and escalation of alcohol consumption. Faculty Page traumatic stress, PTSD, endocannabinoids, CRF, anxiety, avoidance, alcohol November 13, 2019
Microbiology, Neuroscience Dr. Santiago Cuesta The University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center Post-doc Dr. Cuesta researches the effects of psychoactive substances on gut microbiota dynamics, while also investigating how psychostimulant-induced changes to the microbiota alter the brain’s response to these substances. Research Gate amphetamine, cocaine, substance abuse, dopamine, gut microbiota December 11, 2019
Epidemiology, Genetics Dr. Candace Middlebrooks NIH - National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Post-doc Dr. Middlebrooks harnesses whole exome sequencing data to investigate the genetic underpinnings of leg ulcer development in sickle cell patients. Dr. Middlebrooks is a postdoctoral fellow in the Bailey Wilson Lab. Lab Page sickle cell, ulcers, whole exome sequencing, microbiome, computational biology, statistical genomics, epidemiology, genetics November 13, 2019
Epidemiology, Public Health Dr. Carmen Isasi Albert Einstein College of Medicine Associate Professor Dr. Isasi investigates how factors such as stress, obesity, and environment affect the cardiovascular health of Latinx and Hispanic communities. Faculty Page Twitter health equity, stress, microbiome, environment, obesity, children January 22, 2020
Epidemiology, Public Health Dr. Chandra Jackson NIH - Intramural Research Program Principal Investigator The Jackson group investigates the social and environmental factors that affect sleep and how sleep is linked to other health outcomes (i.e. obesity, etc). She also investigates health disparities related to sleep. Faculty Page LinkedIn health equity, sleep, obesity, artherosclerosis January 21, 2020
Biochemistry, Neuroscience Dr. Tameka A. Clemons Spelman College Assistant Professor The Clemons Lab investigates the role of cell signaling molecules in the link between Type II diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. Specifically, Dr. Clemons looks at the effects of uncoupling proteins and amylin in pancreatic beta cells, neuronal cells and brain tissue. Faculty Page Alzheimer's disease, Type II diabetes, uncoupling proteins, amylin, cell signaling, brain, pancreatic beta cells August 29, 2019
Biochemistry, Neuroscience Dr. Tanea Reed Eastern Kentucky University Professor, Department Chair The Reed lab investigates post therapeutic strategies and proteomic changes associated with traumatic brain injury (i.e. concussions). They have previously worked in the field of oxidative stress and Alzheimer’s Disease. Faculty Page Alzheimer's Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, gamma glutamylcysteine ethyl ester, oxidative stress November 19, 2019
Probability, Stochastics Dr. Moustapha Pemy Towson University Professor The Pemy Lab applies principles of stochastics, including Lévy processes and Markovian modeling, to financial analysis to optimize trading strategies. Faculty Page Markov modeling, financial analysis, applied mathematics, stochastics, Lévy processes October 1, 2019
Metabolism, Microbiology Dr. Juliana Vasco Correa The Ohio State University Post-doc Dr. Vasco Correa works in the Shah Lab to investigate how we can harness anaerobic digestion in bacteria to generate renewable energy. LinkedIn anaerobic digestion, metabolism, renewable energy November 13, 2019
Immunology, Neuroscience Dr. Michael Burton The University of Texas at Dallas Assistant Professor The Burton lab investigates the role of the immune system in regulating pain and other signaling from the peripheral sensory neurons. Lab Website Peripheral nervous system (PNS), pain, depression, metabolism, immunology, inflammation, homeostasis August 27, 2019
Biophysics, Physiology Dr. Valeria Vásquez The University of Tennessee Assistant Professor The Vásquez Lab investigates and characterizes the interactions between proteins and lipids involved in mechanoreceptor channel complexes. Lab Website Twitter sensation, perception, pain, proprioception, C. elegans, protein channels, lipids January 13, 2020