Moving Science

Our experts turn what couldn’t be done into what we can’t live without. By translating research into innovation, we act as catalysts that save lives and cultivate Birmingham's biotech scene.

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We are Conduits between Science and Society

With precision, we transform ideas into discoveries. We see possibilities before they exist and activate scientific progress that is purposeful. We move science because the promise of a brighter future moves us.

Core Focus Areas

We work with more than 150 industry and academic partners to drive scientific discoveries. From drug discovery to development to carbon capture and environmental health sciences, every layer of our scientific and professional teams serves a fundamental role in moving science.

Scientific Platforms

Our teams work to discover treatments and cures for diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s and COVID-19. In concert with state and national partners, we research solutions that prevent disease, improve quality of life and reduce health disparities across the U.S.

CRO Services

We are committed to scientific and operational excellence in support of our clients’ objectives. With expertise in bioanalytical sciences, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry, cancer, infectious diseases, and toxicology, we support the entire drug discovery and development pipeline as well as testing of environmental and occupational hazards.

Environmental Sciences

Southern Research is a national leader in innovative solutions for clean energy, air and water. In partnership with leading utilities, government agencies, academic institutions, and others, we work to improve the health conditions of our communities.

STEM

We activate the next generation of scientists through our STEM education programming, field trips, in-class demonstrations, and camp activities. Our experts create fun laboratory experiments and STEM experiences with real-world applications.

For-Partners

Ways to Partner

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.

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Who We Are

Our vibrant teams of experts and professional staff are dedicated to driving scientific breakthroughs that improve our community and help heal the world.

Abi Kulshreshtha, Ph.D.

Chief of Staff

Rebecca Boohaker, PH.D

Associate Fellow of Oncology

Paige Vinson, PH.D.

Director of High Throughput Screening

Monica Mason

Director of Core Services

Alyssa McQuilling, PH.D.

Energy Storage Project Lead

Featured News

Southern Research breaks ground on new biotech center and campus renovations

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Southern Research breaks ground on new biotech center and campus renovations

May 16, 2022 | Southern Research

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 ...
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Southern Research expands, diversifies board of directors

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Southern Research expands, diversifies board of directors

April 27, 2022 | Southern Research

The Southern Research board of directors has expanded to 15 members, with new additions representing a diverse range of national expertise. The new members were recently approved by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees and will join the current board in May 2022. “S...
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Southern Research announces new key additions to staff, leadership team

Moving Science, People

Southern Research announces new key additions to staff, leadership team

January 18, 2022 | Southern Research

Southern Research today announced key additions to its staff and leadership team. Brantley Fry has joined the organization as its new vice president of People and Community. Fry served as state director for former U.S. Sen. Doug Jones and most recently has worked as chief of staff and g...
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CEO Josh Carpenter: Painful decision on Quinlan Castle clears way for investment in biotech, Birmingham’s future

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CEO Josh Carpenter: Painful decision on Quinlan Castle clears way for investment in biotech, Birmingham’s future

November 30, 2021 | Southern Research

Three weeks after I joined Southern Research as president and CEO, a 12-story condo building collapsed in Miami, killing 98 people and raising alarms about the structural integrity of buildings across the country. This tragedy led many organizations to take a hard look at the safety of their p...
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Be the Breakthrough

In our 80-year legacy, Southern Research has helped shape the modern science community locally and nationally. Every layer of our team of scientific and professional staff serves a fundamental role in moving science. Grow your career alongside a team dedicated to healing the world.

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Building the New Nexus of Alabama Biotech

We’re making Birmingham the biotech hub of the southeast. Coming in 2024, our new biotech center will feature 106,000 sq ft of commercial wet labs, A/BSL-3 space, and data science facilities. We’re investing in renovations of 65,000 sq ft of facilities including vivarium space and a new clinical diagnostics lab. Our team will grow 150 scientific jobs and help shape the future of biotech in Alabama.

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Research Affiliates

We work on behalf of the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, major hospitals, and more than 150 partners.

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Research and Publications

Southern Research and Tonix Pharmaceuticals Reports Positive COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Results

Southern Research and Tonix Pharmaceuticals Reports Positive COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Results

March 25, 2021 | Southern Research

Vaccine Candidate TNX-1800 Protected Both Upper and Lower Airways After Challenge with SARS-CoV-2, Suggesting an Ability to Block Forward Transmission   TNX-1800 is Based on a Proprietary Vaccine Platform Designed to Stimulate Long ...
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Southern Research and Tonix Pharmaceuticals COVID-19 Vaccine Research Update

Southern Research and Tonix Pharmaceuticals COVID-19 Vaccine Research Update

November 25, 2020 | Southern Research

On the 16th of November, 2020, Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, announced preliminary results for a live attenuated COVID-19 vaccine candidate engineered to express the SARS-CoV-2 (CoV-2) spike protein after vaccination. The research is part of a...
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Southern Research, Tonix expand COVID-19 vaccine collaboration

Southern Research, Tonix expand COVID-19 vaccine collaboration

July 22, 2020 | Southern Research

Southern Research announced an expansion of its strategic collaboration with New York-based Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. to include a study of immune responses to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This research...
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Engineering

Kratos (Nasdaq: KTOS) recently purchased the Southern Research engineering division to form Kratos SRE and will maintain operations in Birmingham with the goal to grow and create more than 150 new local jobs. 

Electrical, EO/IR & Mechanical Systems

Extreme Environment Materials Characterization, Hypersonics and Space Programs

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