Bobby  Riggs
McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
Office: 2236 CHS Building 2
Phone: 205-726-2097
Robert Riggs once considered himself to be a modern-day Jonah. Riggs was not looking to move back to Birmingham more than 20 years ago when he and his wife attended a church homecoming. “The associate dean at that time at McWhorter School of Pharmacy stopped as we were getting ready to leave and told us about a faculty opening. At lunch a few miles down the road, my wife informed me that the Lord wanted us back in Birmingham,” he said. Riggs, who has worked in several capacities, successfully chaired the promotion and tenure document revision committee for the pharmacy school.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., medicinal chemistry, Purdue University
  • B.S., pharmacy, Purdue University
  • Post-doctoral fellowship, Southern Research Institute


  • Teaching: medicinal chemistry in the pharmaceutical sciences core courses in McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Research: design of novel anti-cancer agents. Ongoing work includes a series of agents to determine how they work. Design and evaluation of novel anti-bacterial agents. Most of the big pharmaceutical companies have abandoned their efforts in this area. Work is needed because of an increasing resistance of bacteria to currently used agents.

Awards and Honors

  • Rho Chi Honor Society
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon Honor Society
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
  • Commitment to Teaching Award, McWhorter School of Pharmacy class of 2012
  • Sunday School teacher for adults
  • Rho Chi Society Southeast Region III, councilor (2011-2015)
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Chemistry Section Chair (2007–2008), numerous committees and taskforces