List of AAI Minority Members

To help advance its mission of enhancing diversity among immunologists and fostering the participation of underrepresented minority (URM) scientists2 in AAI activities, the AAI Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) maintains the AAI List of Minority Members. It is a voluntary, online listing of AAI minority members, ranging from established investigators to trainees, who have requested inclusion and attested to their URM status.

In addition to fostering a networking and mentoring community, the list serves as a resource for immunologists and scientists in other disciplines when considering individuals for selection as scientific meeting chairs or speakers, review panel participants, editorial board members, and collaborators in other professional activities. Given the importance of successful role models and networking in attracting and sustaining minority participation in immunology, the MAC invites all eligible AAI members to consider inclusion in the list.

Eligibility for inclusion requires all of the following:

  • AAI membership in good standing (dues paid in full for the current year)
  • Submission of the List of Minority Members form requesting inclusion and attesting to underrepresented minority status
  • Inclusion of one's professional web address in one's AAI member record--to check or add web address, go to Check/Update My Member Profile

To be added, complete the List of Minority Members form and submit it by email to or fax it to Michael Cuddy at (301) 634-7887.

If you have appeared on the list previously but do not appear now, please check that you currently meet all eligibility criteria listed above. Questions? Contact

Full Name Organization Name State Job Title Web Address
Raymond Adebiyi, Ph.D. Ross University School of Medicine Professor & Associate Dean Web Address
Avery August, Ph.D. Cornell University NY HHMI Professor and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Web Address
Elida Bautista, Ph.D. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. MO Senior Scientist Web Address
Robert Binder, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh PA Associate Professor Web Address
Prosper Boyaka, Ph.D. The Ohio State University OH Professor Web Address
Randy Brutkiewicz, Ph.D. Indiana University School of Medicine IN Professor Web Address
Cherie Butts, Ph.D. Biogen MA Medical Director, Head of Human Biology Research - Digital & Quant Med Web Address
Margaret Bynoe, Ph.D. Cornell University NY Professor of Immunology Web Address
Christian Capitini, M.D. University of Wisconsin WI Associate Professor Web Address
Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health MD Professor and Chair Web Address
Marta Catalfamo, Ph.D. Georgetown University School of Medicine DC Associate Professor Web Address
Esteban Celis, M.D., Ph.D. Augusta University GA Professor Web Address
Jessica Chacon, Ph.D. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Ctr El Paso TX Assistant Professor Web Address
Stephen Chapes, Ph.D., M.P.H. Kansas State University CO Professor Web Address
Brian Cobb, Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine OH Professor Web Address
Jose Conejo-Garcia, M.D.,Ph.D. H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute FL Chair and Senior Member Web Address
Eduardo Davila, Ph.D. University of Colorado Denver CO Professor Web Address
Magdia De Jesus, Ph.D. University at Albany-SUNY NY Assistant Professor Web Address
Jonathan Deane, Ph.D. Kumquat Biosciences CA Director of Immunology Web Address
Makandjouola Eusebio, M.D.,M.P.H.,Ph.D. Medical University of Lodz Associate Professor Web Address
Martin Felices, Ph.D. University of Minnesota MN Assistant Professor Web Address
Rafael Fernandez-Botran, Ph.D. University of Louisville School of Medicine KY Associate Professor Web Address
Richard Goldsby, Ph.D. Amherst College MA Thomas B. Walton Memorial Professor Emeritus Web Address
Mireia Guerau-De-Arellano, Pharm.D., Ph.D. The Ohio State University OH Associate Professor Web Address
Maria Guerrero-Plata, Ph.D. Louisiana State University LA Associate Professor Web Address
Gianna Hammer, Ph.D. Duke University NC Assistant Professor Web Address
Rashade Haynes, Ph.D. Bristol-Myers Squibb NJ Research Investigator II Web Address
DeBroski Herbert, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania PA Associate Professor of Infectious Immunology Web Address
Jeniffer Hernandez, Ph.D. Keck Graduate Institute CA Assistant Professor Web Address
Javier Irazoqui, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Medical School MA Associate Professor Web Address
Harlan Jones, Ph.D. University of North Texas Health Science Center TX Associate Professor Web Address
Mariana Kaplan, M.D. NIH / NIAMS MD Senior Investigator; Chief, Systemic Autoimmunity Branch Web Address
Joseph Larkin, Ph.D. University of Florida FL Associate Professor Web Address
Adriana Larregina, M.D., Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh PA Professor Web Address
James Lillard, Ph.D. Morehouse School of Medicine GA Professor & Associate Dean for Research Web Address
Carolina Lopez, Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis MO Professor and BJC Investigator Web Address
Olivia Martinez, Ph.D. Stanford University Medical School CA Professor Web Address
Jennifer Martinez, Ph.D. NIEHS NC Tenure-track investigator Web Address
Gislaine Martins, Ph.D. Cedars Sinai Medical Center-UCLA CA Associate Professor Web Address
Craig Maynard, Ph.D. University of Alabama, Birmingham AL Assistant Professor Web Address
Jaime Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D. University of Minnesota MN Perlman Professor of Oncology Web Address
Fernando Monroy, Ph.D. Northern Arizona University AZ Professor Web Address
Luis Montaner, D.V.M., Ph.D. The Wistar Institute PA Professor Web Address
Waithaka Mwangi, Ph.D. Kansas State University KS Professor Web Address
Nyamekye Obeng-Adjei, Ph.D. GlaxoSmithKline PA Scientific Investigator Web Address
Thandi Onami, Ph.D. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation WA Program Officer Web Address
Santiago Partida-Sanchez, Ph.D. Nationwide Children's Hospital OH Associate Professor Web Address
Manuel Penichet, M.D., Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) CA Professor Web Address
Francisco Quintana, Ph.D. Brigham & Women's Hosp, Harvard Medical School MA Professor of Neurology Web Address
Amariliz Rivera, Ph.D. Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School NJ Assistant Professor Web Address
Felix Rivera-Mariani, Ph.D. College of Biomedical Sciences, Larkin University FL Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator Web Address
Annette Rodriguez, Ph.D. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi TX Visiting Assistant Professor Web Address
Carla Rothlin, Ph.D. Yale University School of Medicine CT Dorys McConnell Duberg Prof of Immunobiology and Prof of Pharmacology Web Address
Luis Sanchez-Perez, Ph.D. Duke University NC Assistant Professor Web Address
Frances Santiago-Schwarz, Ph.D. Nothwell Health NY Investigator Web Address
Carlos Serezani, Ph.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center TN Associate Professor Web Address
Luis Sigal, D.V.M.,Ph.D. Thomas Jefferson University PA Professor and Vice-Chair for Research Web Address
Bolaji Thomas, Ph.D. Rochester Institute of Technology NY Professor Web Address
Roberto Tinoco, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine CA Assistant Professor Web Address
Raul Torres, Ph.D. University of Colorado School of Medicine CO Professor Web Address
Vincent Tsiagbe, Ph.D. Rutgers University NJ Associate Professor Web Address
Damian Turner, Ph.D. Williams College MA Assistant Professor of Biology Web Address
Anibal Valentin, Ph.D. Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine PR Assistant Professor Web Address
Paulo Verardi, Ph.D. University of Connecticut CT Associate Professor Web Address
Fernando Villalta, Ph.D. Meharry Medical College TN Professor & Chair Web Address
Charlotte Vines, Ph.D. University of Texas at El Paso TX Associate Professor Web Address
Tonya Webb, Ph.D. University of Maryland School of Medicine MD Associate Professor Web Address
Caleph Wilson, Ph.D. Miltenyi Biotec, Inc. NY Field Application Scientist Web Address
Colleen Winstead, Ph.D. Genocea Biosciences, Inc. MA Senior Scientist II Web Address
Albion Wright, Ph.D. Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals MO Research Investigator Web Address
Norberto Zwirner, Ph.D. IBYME Superior Investigator Web Address

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Alphabetical Minority Speaker List

1 As an "opt in" list, this list does not necessarily include all AAI members who are underrepresented minority scientists.

2 As defined by eligibility to participate in the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), NIH. Eligible groups include: African Americans; Hispanic Americans; Native Americans (including Alaska Natives); and Natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands (Hawaii, Guam).