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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|Field (see Notes for sorted subfields)||Preferred Name||Institution||Position||Description||Website||Tags||Date Updated|
|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||April 14, 2019|
|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||December 17, 2019|
|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||mitochondria, membrane contact sites, DNA replication, organelle biogenesis||January 14, 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).||RNA processing, RNA degradation, pontocerebellar hypoplasia, Gene expression||February 3, 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.||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|
|Equity/Advocacy, Public Health||Dr. Linda Burhansstipanov||Native American Cancer Research Corporation (NACR)||President||Dr. Burhansstipanov investigates cancer healthcare in Native American communities and is the founder of the Native American Cancer Research Corporation (NACR).||NATA Website||Cancer, health equity, genetics, Indigenous, Native American, education, outreach||September 29, 2020|
|Equity/Advocacy, Public Health||Dr. Michelle Kahn-John||The University of Arizona||Associate Professor||Dr. Kahn-John investigates resilience and protective factors in American Indian culture. Specifically, she researches how these practices elevate the holistic health of American Indians.||Faculty Page||Indigenous, Native American, American Indian, culture, social determinants of health, spiritualism||September 21, 2020|
|Earth Sciences, Geology||Dr. Lucas Zoet||University of Wisconsin-Madison||Assistant Professor||The Zoet lab investigates the physics of glacier motion.||Lab Website||seismicity, glaciers, deglaciation, erosion||August 26, 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 11, 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||December 20, 2019|
|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.||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. Stephanie Russo Carroll||The University of Arizona||Assistant Professor||The Russo Carroll group investigates the links between Indigenous governance, data, the environment, and community wellness in order to guide policies regarding Indigenous data sovereignty.||Faculty Page||Indigenous, policy, data sovereignty||September 29, 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||community, physical activity, obesity, health equity, Latinos, environment, urban health, spatial epidemiology||April 13, 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|