Vinson leads a team of scientists at Southern Research’s High-Throughput Screening Center, where advanced robotic equipment sifts through hundreds of thousands of compounds looking for potential treatments for viruses, bacterial infections and diseases like diabetes and cancer. She gained experience in providing high-throughput solutions to customers in the drug discovery space as part of the laboratory automation business unit at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Immediately before coming to Southern Research, she spent more than six years as director of HTS at Vanderbilt University and provided leadership in the molecular pharmacology group of the Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of South Alabama and a doctorate in analytical chemistry from Emory University. She did postdoctoral training at Emory in biochemistry and also earned a certificate in drug discovery and development from Drexel University.
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