Associate Director, Head of Oncology
Michael Koratich is Associate Director and Head of Oncology in Southern Research’s Drug Development Division. Throughout his 18-year career at Southern Research, he has focused on supplying the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors research and development approaches to help drive their cancer therapeutic programs forward. His group is currently focused on establishing and characterizing models for use in the development of immuno-oncology therapeutics, while maintaining the expertise in small molecule cancer therapeutics for which Southern Research is noted. During his time at Southern Research, he has participated in more than a thousand studies and has played a part in the approval of eight therapeutics.
Prior to joining Southern Research, Michael served for eight years in the US Army at the Army Research of Environmental Medicine in Natick, MA. During this time he explored cellular responses to heat stress and possible connections between gut microbiome and the pathophysiology of heat stroke. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Biology with a concentration in microbiology from California University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and 1991, respectively.