Expertise in a Multitude of Therapeutic Areas

For the past 80 years, we have developed processes and technologies to support the discovery and development of treatments and cures for diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s, COVID-19, malaria, and other infectious diseases.


Areas of Expertise


Infectious Disease & Pathogen




Neurodegenerative Disease


Pain & Substance Use


Cystic Fibrosis




Kidney Disease




At the Forefront of Translational Research


Preclinical Support

7 FDA-approved cancer-fighting drugs developed with 20+ drugs in preclinical development.


Discovery and High-throughput screening

Our scientists helped to quickly identify and refine one of the first approved treatments for COVID-19.


Collaborating to improve quality of life

New treatments for illnesses ranging from Alzheimer’s to diabetes are being developed in collaboration with academic and commercial partners.

Meet the Experts

Rebecca Boohaker, Ph.D.

Director of Oncology

Omar Moukha-Chafiq, Ph.D.

Director of Chemistry

Sixue Zhang, Ph.D.

Head of A.I. Drug Discovery

Donghui Bao, Ph.D.

Scientist III

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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