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/Subfield (see Notes for sorted subfields)||Preferred Name||Institution||Position||Description||Website||Website 2||Tags||Date Updated|
|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||health equity, sleep, obesity, artherosclerosis||January 21, 2020|
|Biochemistry, Neuroscience||Dr. Shahzad S. Khan||Stanford University||Post-doc||Dr. Khan investigates the molecular underpinnings of neurodegenerative diseases, specifically focusing on familial Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.||Sample Talk||neurodegeneration, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, LRRK2, Dementia, cell signaling||June 8, 2020|
|Biochemistry, Neuroscience||Dr. Tameka A. Clemons||Meharry Medical 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||May 13, 2020|
|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|
|Epigenetics, Neuroscience||Dr. André White||Mount Holyoke College||Assistant Professor||The White lab investigates the neural and epigenetic processes regulating cocaine-seeking behavior.||Faculty Page||substance use, addiction, dependence, cocaine||May 13, 2020|
|Epigenetics, Neuroscience||Dr. Bianca Jones Marlin||Columbia University||Assistant Professor||Dr. Marlin investigates transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, or how trauma in parents affect the brain structure and sensory experience of their future offspring.||Lab Website||epigenetics, trauma, inheritance||August 4, 2020|
|Engineering, Industrial/Manufacturing Engineer||Dr. Shannon Roberts||University of Massachusetts Amherst||Assistant Professor||My research is on the human factors of transportation safety and my goal is to reduce the number of fatal traffic crashes by designing technology that considers humans' abilities and limitations.||Lab Website||crashes, adolescent drivers, driver behavior, driver feedback, motor vehicles, automated vehicles, human factors||July 9, 2020|
|Metabolism, Neuroscience||Dr. Frankie D. Heyward||Harvard Medical School||Post-doc||Dr. Heyward is a post-doc in the Rosen Lab who investigates the effects of obesity on neural processes, specifically focusing on the transcriptional targets of STAT3 in neurons.||Linked In||obesity, transcription regulation, diabetes||May 19, 2020|
|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.||anaerobic digestion, metabolism, renewable energy||November 13, 2019|
|Immunology, Virology||Dr. Elba Caraballo||University of Puerto Rico||Division Director, Assistant Professor||The Caraballo lab investigates the molecular underpinnings of viral infections including Wset Nile , ZIKA and Dengue viruses.||Faculty Page||virology, emerging infectious diseases, immunodiagnostics, infectious diseases||May 12, 2020|
|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||April 17, 2020|
|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||sensation, perception, pain, proprioception, C. elegans, protein channels, lipids||January 13, 2020|
|Biophysics, Immunology||Dr. Christopher Barnes||California Institute of Technology||Post-doc||Dr. Barnes investigates possible therapeutic interventions targeting the HIV-1 envelope and SARS-CoV-2 Spike glycoprotein, using crystallographic and electron microscopy techniques.||Biography||SARS-CoV-2, viral envelope, antibodies, cryoEM||June 16, 2020|
|Virology||Dr. Sam Díaz-Muñoz||University of California - Davis||Assistant Professor||The Díaz-Muñoz lab investigates the mechanisms that viruses have adapted to co-infect and co-exist within the same host.||Lab Website||RNA virus, Cystovirus, influenza, Recombination||January 7, 2020|
|Genetics||Dr. Ketema Paul||University of California - Los Angeles||Professor||The Paul lab investigates the genetic regulation of sleep, specifically looking at the underlying genetic mechanisms of sleep disorders and any possible sex differences in sleep abnormalities.||Faculty Page||Sleep regulation, sleep-wake disorder, forward genetics, mouse models||July 1, 2020|
|Genetics||Dr. Tiffany Oliver||Spelman College||Associate Professor||The Oliver Lab investigates recombination, meiosis nondisjunction and aneuploidy. Specifically, Dr. Oliver looks at the effects of these events on birth defects, pregnancy loss, etc.||Faculty Page||Recombination, meiosis, nondisjunction (NDJ), aneuploidy, chromosomal instability (CIN), Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21||September 11, 2019|
|Genetics||Dr. Athena Starlard-Davenport||The University of Tennessee||Assistant Professor||The Davenport lab investigates the mechanisms behind breast cancer and possible therapeutics for Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Her lab also looks at how potential differences (i.e. in the microbiome, environment, immune system) between African American women and non-Hispanic white women may affect their cancer outcomes.||Faculty Page||environment, epigenetics, Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC), cancer disparities, obesity, immunology, microbiome, miRNA, sickle cell disease||September 24, 2019|
|Genetics||Dr. Paola Giusti-Rodríguez||University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||Assistant Professor||The Giusti-Rodríguez lab investigates the genetic underpinnings of schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders.||Faculty Page||mental illness, schizophrenia, fragile X syndrome, functional genomics||December 10, 2019|
|Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics||Dr. Carla Figueira De Morisson Faria||University College London||Professor||The Faria Group investigates phenomena that take place when matter interacts with strong laser fiels (i.e. high-order harmonic generation, above-thresshold ionization, and laser-induced nonsequential double and multiple ionization) and how they can be used to image and control processes at the attosecond and atomic scales.||Lab Website||ionization, attosecond, strong field, laser field, non-hermitian Hamiltonian Systems||March 28, 2020|