NCTR, Division of Biochemical Toxicology

National Center for Toxicological Research

Facility Contact Form orDr. Frederick A. Beland (email)

The National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) is the primary research center of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The one-million square foot research campus in Jefferson, Arkansas plays a critical role in the missions of FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services to promote and protect public health.


  • Thermo Accela UHPLC w/ PDA detector – identify analytes by measuring sample absorption at various wavelengths
  • LC/MS – triple quadrupole mass spectrometer – quantification of small molecules in fields of food testing, drug metabolism, forensics, pharmacokinetics, toxicology, environmental studies and biological studies
  • Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer – detection of metals in liquid samples at low concentrations with applications in forensics, metals, glass, soil, environmental analysis
  • Thermo Q-Exactive Orbitrap mass spectrometer with Vanquish UHPLC – mass spectrometer known for high resolution and accurate mass.  Applications include proteomics, metabolomics, drug metabolism, food safety, toxicology, and environmental
  • Bruker Biospin Avance III 500 – nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy used to determine the structure of organic molecules in solution
  • Densitometer – measures bone density
  • Perkin Elmer 4910TR – measure radiation in fields of biological sciences and nuclear security

All potential use of NCTR equipment must be aligned with NCTR’s mission and may require a technology transfer agreement:

NCTR conducts scientific research to generate data for FDA decision making, and develops and supports innovative tools and approaches that FDA uses to protect and promote individual and public health.

If you would like to contact this core facility, please fill out the "Facility Contact Form" on the right of this page. This contact method helps ARA measure the success of the CFE in connecting potential collaborators and will flow directly to the core director’s email inbox.