Forward - Thinking Leadership

Southern Research is led by an Executive Leadership Team with decades of combined industry experience.



Josh Carpenter, DPhil

President and CEO

Oliver Hampton, Ph.D.

Chief Data Officer

Harry Ledebur, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer

Corinne E.
Augelli-Szafran, Ph.D.

Vice President of Scientific Platforms

Khalilah Brown, M.D.

Vice President of Medical Affairs

Moníca Mason, MS

Interim Vice President of Research Services

David A. Rutledge

Senior Advisor

Ricardo “Ricky” Brito, JD

Chief of Staff

Helena Christine

UA System Counsel

Board of Directors

The Southern Research board of directors transcends industry boundaries, weaving together a tapestry of expertise. From biotech visionaries to seasoned executives, from medical trailblazers to community champions—these diverse leaders are working together to ensure Southern Research stays at the forefront of scientific progress.

Sid J. Trant

Interim Chancellor of The University of Alabama System

Jeff Peoples

Chairman, President and CEO at Alabama Power Company

Ray Watts, MD

Chair and President of UAB

Anupam Agarwal, MD

Dean of UAB Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine

Bobbie Knight

President of Miles College

Christopher Brown, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research at UAB

Jamey McMahon

Chairman of Ligon Capital

Ken Simon

Principal at Ken Simon Law

Lee Styslinger

Co-Chair and CEO of Altec Inc.

Mike Brock

Partner at Kirkland & Ellis

Neel Varshney, MD

Founding Partner of Patient Square Capital

Regina Benjamin, MD

18th U.S. Surgeon General

Ruffner Page

COO of O'Neal Industries

Scott Phelps

Vice President of the Greene Group

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 and Rhodium Scientific send bacteria to space to explore potential cancer treatments

November 7, 2022

Southern Research and Rhodium Scientific have partnered to send bacteria to space on a mission to find new hope for people with cancer. When Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket la...
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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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