Kathryn Lanier, Ph.D.
STEM Education Outreach Director
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Kathryn Lanier, Ph.D., joined Southern Research in 2017 as the first STEM Education Outreach Director. In this role, she is responsible for directing a statewide program that aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in science and engineering, in addition to training teachers involved in these fields. In addition to her role at Southern Research, Dr. Lanier was appointed by Governor Kay Ivey to represent Alabama’s 6th congressional district on the Mathematics Course of Study Committee and Alabama’s 7th congressional district on the Career Technical Education Course of Study Committee. Dr. Lanier also serves on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Excellence in STEM.
Prior to Southern Research, Dr. Lanier received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Georgia Tech, where she worked the laboratory of Dr. Loren Williams as part of the NASA Center for the Origin of Life. Her work focused on deconstructing and reverse engineering the ribosome, providing tools for understanding the origin of life, and for the discovery of new antibiotics.
Dr. Lanier received the Georgia Tech Presidential Fellowship, an award allocated to the top 5% of each doctoral class for all four years of her doctoral studies. She was also a Molecular Biophysics and Biotechnology fellow for three years. In 2018, Kathryn was selected as one of Georgia Southern University’s Top 40 under 40. In 2020, Kathryn was named as part of Georgia Tech’s inaugural 40 Under 40 class.