Smart, creative, agile people translating research into innovation that impacts our world. Meet the team dedicated to Moving Science.
Jay Russell, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Scientific Development
UA System Counsel
Ray Watts, MD
Chair and President of UAB
Anupam Agarwal, MD
Dean of UAB Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine
President of Miles College
Christopher Brown, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research at UAB
Finis St. John IV
Chancellor of University of Alabama System
Chairman of Ligon Capital
Jeanne Marrazzo, MD
Director of the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases
Principal at Ken Simon Law
Co-Chair and CEO of Altec Inc.
Partner at Kirkland & Ellis
Neel Varshney, MD
Founding Partner of Patient Square Capital
Regina Benjamin, MD
18th U.S. Surgeon General
COO of O'Neal Industries
Vice President of the Greene Group
"In the last year, we’ve begun to focus on the people that move science. What we do at Southern Research is important and we’re innovating so we can grow our impact the community.”
“I move science each day by working with a great group of people who are dedicated and committed to helping mankind through preclinincal research.”
Director of Core Services
“We have the opportunity to advance science, to work towards better treatments, better diagnostics, better quality of life for patients affected by cancer. This work is near to my heart and I hope that I will make a significant impact in the area.”
Director of Oncology
“Our team is very diverse. Our scientists and technicians come from different backgrounds in the science and medical field. There’s a huge variation in the projects we lead but at the end of the day, we all work together to move science.”
Associate Anatomic Pathology Technician
“I hope my work lends to the Southern Research legacy of improving and saving lives.”
Scientist II - High Throughput Screening
At Southern Research, We pursue SCIENCE WITH PURPOSE. WE MOVE SCIENCE EVERY DAY, PLEDGING TO EMPOWER BELONGING ON OUR TEAM, HARNESS CURIOSITY, EMBODY A CULTURE OF EXECUTION, AND PUT PATIENTS, CLIENTS AND COMMUNITIES AT THE FOREFRONT OF OUR WORK.
Putting People First
Our Unstoppable, Innovative Force
Measuring What Matters and Owning Results as a Team
Implementing Sustainable Operations for a Safe, Engaging Environment
“I wouldn’t change anything about my team. We work together to get things accomplished. There’s a new energy you can feel from people all over campus. They are reliable, dependable and warm. When I think about my legacy at Southern Research, I hope to be known as a fair and driven leader, and for treating people right.”
Williams began his career at Southern Research in 1984. He credits his dedication to serving the organization for decades to a deep love of animals, mutual respect among his team, and encouragement from his family.
“I admired the Southern Research legacy and thought working there would be a rewarding career change. I’ve always enjoyed working in a support role but have had the opportunity to really increase my personal impact here. I’m so proud to move science every day.”
Verchot recently celebrated one year of Moving Science after joining the Office of the CEO in 2021. She brings thirty years of administrative experience supporting senior executives from her previous career in banking.
“I was drawn to Southern Research’s history of leading modern science and innovation that helps cure diseases. I have been empowered to always be at the forefront of new assay development. I hope my work can bring good health and quality-of-life to many generations.”
Sambandam has been Moving Science at Southern Research since 2005.