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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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 LinkedIn 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. LinkedIn 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. LinkedIn 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 Twitter 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. LinkedIn 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 Twitter 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 Twitter ionization, attosecond, strong field, laser field, non-hermitian Hamiltonian Systems March 28, 2020