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 mwcuddy@aai.org 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 mwcuddy@aai.org.

Full Name Organization Name State Job Title Web Address
Raymond Adebiyi, Ph.D. Ross University School of Medicine Professor & Associate Dean Web Address
Dennis Adeegbe, Ph.D. Moffitt Cancer Center FL Assistant Professor Web Address
Oscar Aguilar, Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco CA Post Doctoral Research Fellow Web Address
Sergio Arce, M.D.,Ph.D. Univ of South Carolina Sch of Med Greenville SC Associate Professor Web Address
Avery August, Ph.D. Cornell University NY HHMI Professor and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Web Address
Swinburne Augustine, Ph.D. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency OH Research Microbiologist/Immunologist Web Address
Elida Bautista, Ph.D. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. MO Senior Scientist Web Address
Luiz Bermudez, M.D. Oregon State University OR Professor Web Address
Robert Binder, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh PA Professor of Immunology Web Address
Kim Blenman, Ph.D. Yale University School of Medicine CT Associate Research Scientist 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 Clinical Assessments - 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
Astrid Cardona, Ph.D. The University of Texas at San Antonio TX Associate Professor Web Address
William Carr, D.V.M.,Ph.D. Medgar Evers College, City University of New York NY Full Professor Web Address
Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health MD Professor and Chair Web Address
Eliseo Castillo, Ph.D. University of New Mexico School of Medicine NM Assistant Professor Web Address
Maria Castro, Ph.D. University of Michigan MI Professor Web Address
Marta Catalfamo, Ph.D. Georgetown University School of Medicine DC Associate Professor Web Address
Esteban Celis, M.D., Ph.D. Augusta University CA Professor Web Address
Jessica Chacon, Ph.D. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 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
Radiah Corn Minor, Ph.D. North Carolina A&T State Univ NC Associate Professor 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
Francis Eko, D.Sc. Morehouse School of Medicine GA Professor Web Address
Udeme Ekong, M.B.B.S.,M.P.H. Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute DC Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery Web Address
Makandjouola Eusebio, M.D.,M.P.H.,Ph.D. Medical University of Lodz Associate Professor Web Address
Keke Fairfax, Ph.D. University of Utah UT Assistant 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
Colin Flaveny, Ph.D. Saint Louis University School of Medicine MO Assistant Professor Web Address
Richard Goldsby, Ph.D. Amherst College MA Thomas B. Walton Memorial Professor Emeritus Web Address
Gregorio Gomez, Ph.D. University of Houston TX Associate Professor Web Address
Louis Gonzalez, Ph.D. Shattuck Labs NC Director of Translational Medicine 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 Principal Scientist Web Address
Marcela Henao-Tamayo, M.D.,Ph.D. Colorado State University CO Assistant Professor 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
Claudia Jakubzick, Ph.D. Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth NH 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
Brina Lopez, D.V.M.,Ph.D. Midwestern University AZ Assistant Professor Web Address
Jennifer Martinez, Ph.D. NIEHS NC Tenure-track investigator Web Address
Olivia Martinez, Ph.D. Stanford University Medical School CA Professor Web Address
Gislaine Martins, Ph.D. Cedars Sinai Medical Center and UCLA CA Associate Professor Web Address
Craig Maynard, Ph.D. University of Alabama, Birmingham AL Assistant Professor 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
Abigail Morales, Ph.D. Hunter College, The City University of New York NY Assistant Professor Web Address
Juliet Morrison, Ph.D. University of California - Riverside CA Assistant Professor Web Address
Waithaka Mwangi, Ph.D. Kansas State University KS Professor Web Address
Courtni Newsome, Ph.D. Bristol Myers Squibb NJ Principal Scientist Web Address
Nyamekye Obeng-Adjei, Ph.D. GlaxoSmithKline PA Scientific Investigator Web Address
Chioma Okeoma, Ph.D. Stony Brook University NY Associate Professor Web Address
Danyvid Olivares-Villagomez, Ph.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center TN Assistant Professor Web Address
Thandi Onami, Ph.D. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation WA Program Officer Web Address
Michael Opata, Ph.D. Appalachian State University NC Assistant Professor Web Address
Santiago Partida-Sanchez, Ph.D. Nationwide Children's Hospital OH Associate Professor Web Address
Pablo Penaloza-MacMaster, Ph.D. Northwestern University IL Assistant 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
Ricardo Rajsbaum, Ph.D. The University of Texas Medical Branch TX Associate Professor Web Address
Amariliz Rivera, Ph.D. Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School NJ Associate Professor Web Address
Felix Rivera-Mariani, Ph.D. College of Biomedical Sciences, Larkin University FL Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator Web Address
Paulo Rodriguez, Ph.D. Moffitt Cancer Center FL Professor Web Address
Annette Rodriguez, Ph.D. Naval Medical Research Unit -SA TX Research Scientist Web Address
Carla Rothlin, Ph.D. Yale University School of Medicine CT Dorys McConnell Duberg Prof of Immunobiology and Prof of Pharmacology Web Address
Steffanie Sabbaj, Ph.D. University of Alabama, Birmingham AL Associate Professor Web Address
Luis Sanchez-Perez, Ph.D. Tune Therapeutics NC Associate Director 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
Rebecca Sweet, Ph.D. GSK CA Medical Science Liaison Web Address
Beth Tamburini, Ph.D. University of Colorado Denver CO Assistant Professor 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
S. Villalta, Ph.D. University of California Irvine CA Assistant Professor Web Address
Alejandro Villarino, Ph.D. University of Miami FL Assistant Professor 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 Senior Field Application Scientist Web Address
Colleen Winstead, Ph.D. Genocea Biosciences, Inc. MA Senior Scientist II Web Address
Albion Wright, Ph.D. Recursion Pharmaceuticals UT Director Immunology 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).