Kathryn Lanier, Ph.D.

STEM Education Outreach Director

P: 205-581-2292


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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 Course of Study Committee for Mathematics.

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 funded 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 in as one of Georgia Southern University’s Top 40 under 40.