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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Entomology, Evolution, Genetics Dr. Jessica Ware American Museum of Natural History Associate Curator The Ware group investigates the evolution of dragonflies and Dictyoptera, specifically focusing on the mechanics of their wings in flight and the social behaviors surrounding their mating. Lab Website behavior, biomechanics, mating, isoptera, phylogenetics, genetic diversity, genomics February 28, 2020
Biophysics, Neuroscience, Physiology Dr. Anel Jaramillo Vanderbilt University Post-doc Dr. Jaramillo is a post-doc in the Winder Lab where she investigates the physiology underlying anxiety and alcohol use disorders and how it can be harnessed to provide effective pharmacotherapies. ResearchGate substance abuse, alcohol, plasticity, glutamate, striatal cortex, stress, anxiety, behavior, addiction, pharmacology December 16, 2019
Nutrition, Public Health Dr. Josiemer Mattei Harvard University Associate Professor The Mattei group investigates the genetic, dietary, and psychosocial risk factors for obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in underserved populations. The group conducts research using population-based cohort studies, mixed-methods approaches, and community-based and clinical interventions. Faculty Page obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, race/ethnicity, health disparities, diet, stress, Hispanics/Latinos December 16, 2019
Nutrition, Public Health Dr. Uriyoán Colón-Ramos The George Washington University Associate Professor The Colón-Ramos group investigates dietary disparities in the US and globally. They have many years of experience working among Hispanic subgroups in the US, Latin America and the Caribbean, among others. The goal of this work is to inform and contributing to policy change. Faculty Page diet, food security, food sovereignty, policy, cardiometabolic risk, diabetes January 14, 2020
Nutrition, Public Health Dr. Cristina Palacios Florida State University Associate Professor The Palacios group investigates the effects of diet (including dietary supplements) and exercise on bone and body composition and in developing interventions using technology for obesity prevention. Faculty Page supplements, obesity, exercise, children/adolescents, pregnancy, infancy April 10, 2020
Genetics, Sociology Dr. Keolu Fox University of California - San Diego Assistant Professor The Fox group uses genetic approaches to investigate archaeological remains and variations in our human predecessors. Faculty Page molecular paleopathology, research ethics, Indigenous communities, paleoanthropology, Neaderthaals April 8, 2020
Genetics, Statistical Genetics Dr. Timothy Thornton University of Washington Associate Professor The Thornton lab develops and applies statistical methods and software for the analysis of large-scale genetic data to gain a better understanding of the genetic contributions to human health and diseases. His research largely focuses on genetic analyses in ancestrally diverse populations, and particularly U.S. minority populations who often bear a disproportionate burden for many diseases, including African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Faculty Page statistics, genetics, relatedness, ancestry admixture, population structure September 23, 2019
Genetics, Plant Sciences Dr. Natalia de Leon University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor The goal of Natalia’s research is to identify efficient mechanisms to better understand the genetic constitution of economically relevant traits in maize and to improve plant breeding efficiency. Faculty Page plant breeding, genotype by environment, genetics, maize August 24, 2020
Ecology, Environmental Science & Resource Conservation Dr. Noé de la Sancha Chicago State University Associate Professor I study the effects of anthropogenic driven habitat change on multiple dimensions of biodiversity at different spatial scales. Lab Website mammalogy, habitat disturbance, biodiversity, biogeography July 24, 2020
Ecology, Marine Biology Dr. Emily Choy McGill University Post-doc I study the ecophysiology and food web ecology of Arctic beluga whales and seabirds and the impacts of climate change. Research Page Polar biology, ecophysiology, ecotoxicology, marine mammal, seabirds, Arctic biology, food web ecology, ecotoxicology, community-based research, marine mammal science, seabird ecology, climate change June 19, 2020
Ecology, Microbiology Dr. Ethell Vereen Morehouse College Assistant Professor Investigations focus on using traditional and state-of-the-art genomic and metagenomic approaches to understand how bacteria affect ecosystem and human health; as well as the diversity and function of microbial communities in various ecosystems. Lab Website antibiotic resistance, water quality, waterborne pathogens, Salmonella, Campylobacter, pedagogy, metagenomics, environmental health June 16, 2020
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
Environmental Science & Resource Conservation, Equity/Advocacy Dr. Karletta Chief The University of Arizona Associate Professor, Extension Specialist The Chief lab investigates how watershed hydrology, unsaturated flow in arid environments and human disturbances affect soil hydrology. She also looks at how Indigenous communities will be affected by climate change. Faculty Page watershed, hydrology, arid environments, soil, Indigenous, climate change September 22, 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. preeclampsia, hypertension, pregnancy, HELLP syndrome, uterine fibroids, depression, anxiety June 24, 2019
Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics, Quantum Mechanics Dr. Julio Barreiro University of California - San Diego Assistant Professor The Barreiro lab develops ultracold strontium apparatuses with the long-term goals of building a fermionic quantum computer and atomtronic devices over nanophotonic circuits. Lab Website quantum science, ultracold strontium atoms, atomtronics, topological matter, quantum computing, simulations
Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics, Photochemistry Dr. Martha-Elizabeth Baylor Carleton College Associate Professor The Baylor group uses photopolymers to fabricate integrated optofluidic devices and fabricate polymer lenses using interfacial surface tension. The Baylor group is also interested in the behavior of an optoelectronic feedback loop that solves the "Cocktail Party Problem" in real time. Lab Website optoelectronics, feedback loops, holography, optics, photopolymers, signal processing, devices September 4, 2020
Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics, Biophysics Dr. Markita del Carpio Landry University of California - Berkeley Assistant Professor The Landry lab develops nanoscale tools to image neurotransmitters in the brain, and to deliver genes to plants. Lab Website plant genetic engineering, nanotechnology, near-infrared microscopy, Neuroscience, nanosensors July 8, 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 dopamine, reward, learning, motivation, decision making December 30, 2019
Developmental Psychology, Psychology Dr. Dr. Diane C. Gooding University of Wisconsin-Madison Full Professor I primarily study risk factors and indicators for the later development of schizophrenia. These include biobehavioral markers as well as personality factors. Lab Website Schizophrenia, mental health, cognition July 24, 2020