Translational Research to Heal the World

In concert with state and national partners, our research goes beyond the search for cures to focus on solutions that prevent disease, improve quality of life and reduce health disparities across the United States.


Scientific Platforms

Our team drives discoveries that reduce suffering and save lives. Over our 80-year history, our teams have worked every day to discover treatments and cures for diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s, COVID-19, Malaria and emerging infectious diseases. Some recent accomplishments include:

  • Southern Research developed seven FDA-approved cancer-fighting drugs, and we currently have three new cancer drugs in development.
  • At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, our High Throughput Screening Center sifted through tens of thousands of drugs to identify potential treatments, and our scientists helped refine the first approved treatment for COVID-19.
  • As part of our ongoing collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, we have XXX new treatments in the pipeline for illnesses ranging from Alzheimer’s to diabetes.



High Throughput Screening


Analytical, computational, and Medicinal chemistry






Basic Science Research


Infectious diseases

Meet the Experts

Babu Tekwani, Ph.D.

Distinguished Fellow and Chair of Infectious Diseases

Corinne E. Augelli-Szafran, Ph.D.

Vice President of Scientific Platforms

Donghui Bao, Ph.D.

Scientist III

Grace Brumlow, Ph.D.

Business Development Manager

Lynn Rasmussen

Associate Director High Throughput Screening Center

Michael Hudson

Pharmaceutical Consultant

Omar Moukha-Chafiq, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist

Paige N. Vinson, Ph.D.

Director, High-throughput Screening

Rebecca Boohaker, Ph.D.

Assistant Fellow - Oncology

Rita Cowell, Ph.D.

Fellow Drug Discovery

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.

Scientific Platforms News

Southern Research breaks ground on new biotech center and campus renovations

Southern Research breaks ground on new biotech center and campus renovations

May 16, 2022 | Southern Research

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 o...
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Southern Research and Tonix Pharmaceuticals Reports Positive COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Results

Southern Research and Tonix Pharmaceuticals Reports Positive COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Results

March 25, 2021 | Southern Research

Vaccine Candidate TNX-1800 Protected Both Upper and Lower Airways After Challenge with SARS-CoV-2, Suggesting an Ability to Block Forward Transmission   TNX-1800 is Based on a Proprietary Vaccine Platform Designed to Stimulate Long ...
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Histotechnology Professionals Day at Southern Research

Histotechnology Professionals Day at Southern Research

March 10, 2021 | Southern Research

In honor of Women’s History Month and Histotechnology Professionals Day, Southern Research wants to take a moment to recognize our team of histotechnologists and their team leader, LaVinia Ray.  She was deemed by the National Society of Histotechnology to be the 2020 Histotechnologist of the Y...
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