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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Electrochemistry, Pharmacology Dr. Netz Arroyo Johns Hopkins Medicine Assistant Professor The Arroyo laboratory focuses on the engineering of electrochemical biosensors enabling the continuous, real-time monitoring of therapeutic agents in situ in the body. Lab Website Selected Paper biomedical engineering, electrochemistry, personalized medicine, precision medicine, pharmacokinetics, in-vivo biosensing February 16, 2020
Cellular Biology, Developmental Biology Dr. Ahna Skop University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor The Skop lab investigates the underlying mechanisms of asymmetric cell division during embryonic development and dysregulation of this process. Lab Website Twitter cell division, cytokinesis, science art, science communication April 1, 2020
Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology Dr. D'Juan Farmer University of Southern California Post-doc Dr. Farmer investigates skeletal stem cell development and how bone growth is dysregulated in craniosynostosis, a disease in which skull bones fuse prematurely. Research Page basic research, stem cell research, development, bone, craniosynostosis June 16, 2020
Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology Dr. Michelle Juarez CUNY - School of Medicine Assistant Professor The Juarez lab investigates the transcriptional regulation of various genes - including those implicated in innate immunity - that occurs following epidermal wounds. Faculty Page drosophila, genetics, developmental biology, innate immunity, transcription, regulation, microscopy July 1, 2020
Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology Dr. Quinton Smith Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Post-doc Dr. Smith is interested in engineering the cellular microenvironment to direct patient-derived stem cells towards functional tissues, with the long-term goal of developing regenerative cell-based therapies to combat liver and vascular disease. Google Scholar organoids, liver, hepatology, biliary tree, tissue regeneration July 7, 2020
Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology Dr. Samira Musah Duke University Assistant Professor The Musah Lab investigates novel ways to regulate pluripotent stem cell differentiation and develops microphysiological systems such as organoids. Lab Website stem cell biology, tissue/organ engineering, disease modeling, therapeutic discovery July 7, 2020
Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology Dr. Jesse Zamudio University of California - Los Angeles Assistant Professor The Zamudio lab maps RNA-mediated interactions to investigate how RNA and RNA binding proteins establish the gene expression programs that determine cell identity. Faculty Page ncRNAs, miRNA, lncRNA, ceRNA, gene regulation January 13, 2020
Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology Dr. Samantha C. Lewis University of California - Berkeley Assistant Professor The Lewis Lab aims to reveal the cellular mechanisms that ensure mitochondrial DNA integrity and inheritance in metazoans, using quantitative imaging, genetics, and systems biology approaches. Lab Website Twitter mitochondria, membrane contact sites, DNA replication, organelle biogenesis January 21, 2020
Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology Dr. Derrick J. Morton Emory University Post-doc Dr. Morton's research employs genetic approaches to understand key developmental pathways and how alterations in gene expression contributes to neurological disease. Specifically, his research project exploits Drosophila melanogaster to model human diseases caused by mutations in genes that encode core components of the RNA exosome complex (a protein complex responsible for processing and degrading RNAs). Dr. Morton is currently funded by both an NIH Individual postdoctoral fellowship (F32)and a Burroughs Wellcome Postdoctoral Enrichment Award (PDEP). LinkedIn Twitter RNA processing, RNA degradation, pontocerebellar hypoplasia, Gene expression February 6, 2020
Cellular Biology, Neuroscience Dr. Chantell Evans University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine Post-doc Dr. Evans investigates mitochondrial quality control mechanisms in neurons, including mitophagy, and how dysregulation contributes to neurodegenerative diseases. LinkedIn neurodegeneration, autophagy, mitophagy, mitochondria, axonal transport June 16, 2020
Cellular Biology, Neuroscience Dr. Zayd Khaliq NIH - Intramural Research Program Principal Investigator The Khaliq lab investigates various cellular mechanisms of dopamine-releasing neurons including voltage-gated ion channel functioning and the role of neuromodulatory inputs. Faculty Page dopamine, movement, reward, voltage-gated ion channels, learning January 13, 2020
Cancer Biology, Genetics Dr. Marcia Cruz Correa University of Puerto Rico Associate Professor The Cruz Correa lab investigates the epigenetic pathways of colorectal carcinogenesis amongst Hispanic patients and the role of the environment and nutrition on these processes. Research Page epigenetics, colorectal cancer, Hispanic/Latina/o/x, environment, social determinants of health, nutrition May 8, 2020
Cancer Biology, Pharmacology Dr. Tamaro Hudson Howard University Assistant Professor The Hudson Lab evaluates biomarkers as a way to investigate the potential uses of conventional and natural compounds as cancer therapeutics, specifically looking at the effects to muscadine grape skin extract on prostate cancer. Faculty Page Prostate cancer, cancer therapeutics, androgens, heat shock proteins (HSP), phospholipids, protease Inhibitors September 13, 2019
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
Health Equity, Public Health Dr. Bárbara Segarra Vázquez University of Puerto Rico Dean, Professor The Segarra Vázquez group works to develop a diverse group of Hispanic scientists within Puerto Rico, focusing their efforts specifically at the post-doc level by developing mentoring systems and other research opportunities. LinkedIn health equity, diversity, education, career development May 12, 2020
Health Equity, Public Health Dr. Carlos Rodríguez-Díaz The George Washington University Associate Professor The Rodríguez-Díaz group investigates the social determinants of HIV care and prevention in communities identifying as Hispanic/Latinx, LGBT, or incarcerated. Faculty Page HIV, sexual health, social determinants, health equity, LGBTQ+, Latinx, incarcerated populations, MSM May 12, 2020
Health Equity, Public Health Dr. Krista Perreira University of North Carolina - Carolina Population Center Professor The Perreira group investigates immigration, adaptation and health outcomes, especially in adolescent populations. They also help develop programs to support families who immigrated to the US. Faculty Page health equity, policy, education, obesity, migration, discrimination April 5, 2020
Health Equity, Public Health Dr. Deborah Salvo Dominguez Washington University in St. Louis Assistant Professor The Salvo Dominguez group investigates how we can create urban infrastructure that promotes physical activity and healthy lifestyles, and reduces spatial health disparities in cities in the US and Latin America. Twitter: @DeborahSalvoD Faculty Page Sample Talk community, physical activity, obesity, health equity, Latinos, environment, urban health, spatial epidemiology April 15, 2020
Health Equity, Psychology Dr. Karen Martínez González University of Puerto Rico Associate Professor The Martínez González group investigates mental health (including addiction, depression, and stress) in Latinos. Faculty Page mental health, anxiety, fear, depression, asthma, Internet addiction, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), disaster mental health April 17, 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