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. 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

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Microbiology Dr. Tracie Delgado Northwest University Associate Professor The Delgado Lab investigates how viruses alter host cell metabolism after infection, and how these metabolic alterations may cause cancer. Faculty Page Twitter metabolism, mouse model, virus-host, glycolysis, cancer, virology
Microbiology Dr. Karl Thompson Howard University Assistant Professor The Thompson Lab investigates bacterial response to stress, particularly looking into chemical modifications of RNA and its effect on gene expression regulation. ResearchGate Profile stress response, bacteriology, gene regulation, RNA expression
Microbiology Dr. Tiara Perez Morales Benedictine University Assistant Professor The Perez Morales lab investigates how lactobacilli use quorom sensing (specifically the transcriptional regulator Rgg) to sense and respond to environmental conditions. Lab Website Twitter Lactobacilli, cell-cell communication, quorum sensing, microbiome
Microbiology Dr. Courtney Robinson Howard University Associate Professor The Robinson lab investigates host-associated microbial ecology using insects as model organisms. Specifically her lab looks at microbiome response to invasion, perturbation, and diet. Lab Website host-microbiome, diet, immune response
Microbiology Dr. Ana Porras Cornell University Post-doc Dr. Porras is a post-doc in the Brito lab where she investigates the differences in the microbiomes of populations in developed vs. developing nations and how they affect health. Research Page human microbiome, tissue engineering, biomaterials
Epidemiology Dr. April P. Carson The University of Alabama at Birmingham Associate Professor The Carson Lab investigates factors that contribute to health disparities in diabetes and cardiovascular disease across populations. Faculty Page diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), health disparities, clinical
Epidemiology Dr. M. Ahinee Amamoo Samford University Associate Professor Dr. Amamoo investigates the reasons behind - and methods to eliminate - disparities in health outcomes for chronic disease. Faculty Page disparity, chronic disease, kidney disease, cancer
Psychology Dr. April D. Thames University of Southern California Associate Professor The Thames Lab investigates the complex relationship between chronic disease, substance abuse, and socioeconomic status on psychological outcomes (i.e. mental health and cognition). Faculty Page chronic disease, drug abuse, substance abuse, adversity, stress, cognition, mental health, minority groups
Psychology Dr. Jennifer J. Manly Columbia University Professor The Manly lab investigates lifecourse influences of social and cultural variables (i.e. language, education, racial socialization, socioeconomic status, discrimination) on cognitive aging and risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease, as well as diagnostic accuracy of neuropsychological tests across racial/ethnic groups. Faculty Page education, cognition, Alzheimer's disease, neuropsychology, aging, race, socioeconomic status, social determinants
Psychology Dr. Cynthia Crawford California State University - San Bernardino Professor The Crawford Lab investigates the underlying mechanisms of drug addiction and developmental differences in drug responsivity. Faculty Page drug addiction, neuropsychopharmacology, developmental psychopharmacology
Psychology Dr. Gina Marie Fernandez St. Mary's College of Maryland Assistant Professor The Fernandez Lab uses rodent models to investigate the effects of adolescent nicotine and alcohol exposure on neurodevelopment. Faculty Page development, drug abuse, alcohol, nicotine, adolescence, dendritic morphology
Psychology Dr. Glorisa J. Canino University of Puerto Rico Full Professor The Canino Lab investigates rates of depression amongst Latina/o/x youth and the epigentics of pediatric asthma. Faculty Page epidemiology, asthma, mental health, epigenetics, Latino/a/x
Psychology Dr. Leah M. Adams George Mason University Assistant Professor Dr. Adams’ research group, the Mental & Physical Health and Behavior (M-PHAB) Laboratory, investigates the psychosocial aspects of adaptation to illness and injury. They also examine how factors operating at various levels (e.g., intrapersonal, interpersonal, structural) affect health risk and promotion among vulnerable populations (including racial/ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities, women, and criminal justice system-involved adults). Faculty Page Twitter HIV, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), chronic pain, chronic illness, disability, injury, adaptation
Psychology Dr. Laura Quiñones-Camacho Washington University in St. Louis Post-doc Dr. Quiñones-Camacho is a post-doc in the Perlman lab where she studies the neural underpinnings of parent-child co-regulation and child self-regulation as they relate to emerging psychopathology in childhood. ResearchGate emotion regulation, child development, neurodevelopment, psychopathology
Psychology Dr. Lorenzo Lorenzo-Luaces Indiana University Bloomington Assistant Professor The Study of Affective Disorders’ Classification and Treatment (SADCAT) Lab investigates the clinical presentation, prognosis, and treatment of depression, specifically looking at the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBTs). We are especially interested in treatments that can have a large public health impact (e.g., psychoeducation, internet-based CBT, bibliotherapy). Lab Website depression, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychotherapy
Psychology Dr. Nkiru Nnawulezi University of Maryland - Baltimore County Assistant Professor Dr. Nnawulezi is the Director of Research for Empowering and Liberatory Action (R.E.L.A). This research team uses community-based, participatory research methods to assess, develop, intervene, and evaluate community programs, institutions, and entire systems to improve the social, material, and economic conditions for survivors of gender-based violence who experience multiple marginalization. Faculty Page Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Intersectionality, survivorship, domestic violence, Health Inequity, Empowerment, systemic/structural change, housing
Physiology Dr. Patricia E. Molina Louisiana State University School of Medicine Professor Research in the Molina laboratory focuses on the physiopathological consequences of alcohol and drugs of abuse and their interactions with disease states, including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and HIV/SIV infection. Our scientific team actively collaborates with basic science, clinical, and translational investigators in a wide range of projects that investigate how alcohol and drugs of abuse interact at the molecular, organ system, whole body, and community levels to contribute to disease burden in our society. Lab Website alcohol, drug, substance abuse, metabolism, immunology, behavior, HIV/AIDS, inflammation, endocrinology, trauma, immunosenescence, comorbidities, SIV, antiretroviral therapy
Physiology Dr. Keisa Williams Mathis University of North Texas - Health Science Center Assistant Professor The Mathis lab studies mechanisms through which long-term inflammation can lead to high blood pressure, specifically looking at how communication between the nervous system and immune system may break down leading to hypertension. Lab Website lupus, hypertension, autoimmune, inflammation, autonomic nervous system (ANS), hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis
Entomology Dr. Juliana Rangel Posada Texas A&M University Associate Professor The Rangel Posada lab investigates contributing factors to honey bee growth and survival, including exposure to agrochemicals such as pesticides/insecticides. Faculty Page pesticides, pollen, colony, apis mellifera, honey bee