Minority Affairs Committee

The nine members of the committee are appointed by Council on staggered three-year terms. The committee is responsible for generating and developing programs that assure equal treatment of all professional immunologists on the basis of merit.


The mission of the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) is to generate and develop programs that promote equal treatment of all professional immunologists on the basis of merit. The MAC focuses on activities that enhance opportunities for the scientific and career development of underrepresented minority (URM) scientists. URM scientists are those from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research careers nationally, including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands (Hawaii, Guam).

To help advance its mission, the MAC maintains a List of Minority Members, comprised of AAI members in good standing, from established investigators to trainees, who are underrepresented minority scientists. In addition to fostering a networking and mentoring community to advance URM participation in immunology, the list serves as a resource for immunologists and scientists in other disciplines when considering individuals for selection as speakers at meetings and seminars, to serve on review panels and editorial boards, and to participate in other professional service activities. Inclusion on the list is voluntary. 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 adding their names to the list. Please contact mwcuddy@aai.org if you would like to be included on it.

To enhance URM participation at the AAI meeting and courses, travel awards are funded by a grant to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).1 Other MAC annual meeting activities include the AAI Vanguard Lecture (prior to 2015, known as the AAI Minority Affairs Committee Guest Lecture) and the AAI MAC Careers and Networking Roundtable program.

Considering that the issue of minority representation in science is of paramount importance and reaches across all disciplines, the MAC is dedicated to liaising with other societies to develop programs aimed at ameliorating the persistent underrepresentation of minority scientists in the biomedical sciences. The MAC establishes subcommittees as needed to develop goals and to select potential minority guest speakers at AAI meetings.

1 The AAI Minority Scientist Travel Awards are funded by a grant to FASEB from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health [FASEB MARC Program, T36-GM08059-32 NCE].


Tonya J. Webb, Ph.D. (’23), Chair
Associate Professor
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Mireia Guerau-de-Arellano, Pharm.D., Ph.D. (’21)
Associate Professor
Ohio State University

Carla Rothlin, Ph.D. (’21)
Yale School of Medicine

C. Henrique Serezani, Ph.D. (’21)
Associate Professor
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Claudia V. Jakubzick, Ph.D. (’22)
Associate Professor
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Jennifer Martinez, Ph.D. (’22)
Tenure-Track Investigator

Luis A. Sanchez-Perez, Ph.D. (’22)
Assistant Professor
Duke University

Luis J. Montaner, D.V.M., Ph.D. ('22)
The Wistar Institute

Harlan P. Jones, Ph.D. (’23)
Associate Professor
University of North Texas Health Science Center

Robert J. Binder, Ph.D. (’20), Chair
Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh

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