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Welcome to BPAL

The Biochemical Pharmacology Analytical Lab (BPAL) is located in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences within the Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio. The BPAL is able to measure concentrations of small molecules or biomarkers in biological or other samples. We can assist you in the experimental design and analysis of pharmacokinetic studies for medications, and investigations of medication formulations for purity or content, as well as analysis of biomarkers for disease and therapeutic outcomes.

About The BPAL

The Biochemical Pharmacology Analytical Laboratory (BPAL) is an analytical pharmacology laboratory, expert at small molecule measurement. The lab is directed by Dr. Brett Ginsburg, Professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. We are expert in measurement of drugs and biomarkers in tissues and drug formulations. We have performed studies supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIAAA, NIA, NIDA, NCI), the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration, Industrial sponsors, and individual investigators. The laboratory is fully equipped with state-of-the art Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography with tandem Mass Spectrometry (HPLC/MS/MS), HPLC with ultraviolet detection (HPLC/UV), Gas Chromatography with flame ionization detection (GC-FID), and plate readers for quantitative Enzyme-Linked Immunoassay (ELISA). The lab has been in operation for over 35 years and follows GLP standards of operation. Four technicians with decades of cumulative analytical experience perform lab operations. The lab is involved in training students and post-doctoral fellows through the Graduate School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, a T32 postdoctoral training program in addiction science, as well as other undergraduate research opportunities.

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Contact Us

Biochemical Pharmacology Analytical Laboratory (BPAL)
Lab – Room 725E
The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Mail Code 7996 – Psychiatry/BPAL
7703 Floyd Curl Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78229

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Our current sponsors

Wellcome LEAP
Untangling Addiction

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Media appearances

Heme Sapiens podcast - Join Viraj and Sissi as they talk to Dr. Ginsburg as they talk about the nature of all different kinds of addiction.

The Glen Beck Show: New Texas laws on nicotine vape advertising, Brett Ginsburg says it's nothing new

Should Texans be concerned about health risks of delta-8 products?

Interest is building in Delta-8 THC, but its scientific study is hampered by inconsistent rules

Texas Biomed wins grant to study effects of marijuana on HIV-related dementia