Translational Research to Heal the World

In concert with state and national partners, our research goes beyond the search for cures to focus on solutions that prevent disease, improve quality of life and reduce health disparities across the United States.

Scientific Platforms

Scientific Platforms

Our team drives discoveries that reduce suffering and save lives. Over our 80-year history, our teams have worked every day to discover treatments and cures for diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s, COVID-19, Malaria and emerging infectious diseases. Some recent accomplishments include:

  • Southern Research developed seven FDA-approved cancer-fighting drugs, and we currently have three new cancer drugs in development.
  • At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, our High Throughput Screening Center sifted through tens of thousands of drugs to identify potential treatments, and our scientists helped refine the first approved treatment for COVID-19.



High Throughput Screening


Analytical, computational, and Medicinal chemistry






Basic Science Research


Infectious diseases

Meet the Experts

Corinne E.
Augelli-Szafran, Ph.D.

Vice President of Scientific Platforms

Donghui Bao, Ph.D.

Scientist III

Lynn Rasmussen

Associate Director High Throughput Screening Center

Omar Moukha-Chafiq, Ph.D.

Director of Chemistry

Paige N. Vinson, Ph.D.

Director, High-Throughput Screening

Rebecca Boohaker, Ph.D.

Director of Oncology

Rita Cowell, Ph.D.

Fellow Drug Discovery

Sixue Zhang, Ph.D.

Computer-Aided Drug Discovery

Partner with Us

We have commercial, government, and industry partnership opportunities. Our work includes licensing patents, co-investing in furthering intellectual property, collaborating to create new intellectual property, and leveraging research to drive biotechnology product development.

Southern Research News

Coming soon to a doctor’s office near you: Access to cutting-edge research and care

March 17, 2023

By Josh Carpenter, Ph.D. Growing up in North Alabama, I remember watching movie trailers with excitement. They always ended with a deep voice that said, “opening soon in select theaters near you.” As it turns out, those openings were never “near me” since my local theater was not one ...
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Southern Research breaks ground on new biotech center and campus renovations

May 16, 2022

Birmingham, Ala. – Southern Research today broke ground on a flagship biotech center that will anchor the development of 200,000 square feet of new or renovated wet lab space for life sciences. The new facility, located on the corner of Richa...
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Building a castle for the 21st century, investing in the future of Birmingham

January 24, 2022

By Josh Carpenter, Ph.D. The coronavirus pandemic revealed healthcare heroes in our midst. I am proud to work with many of them at Southern Research. Since the pandemic began, our scientists – who have been studying viruses like COVID-19 for many years – have worked nonsto...
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