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The Drug Studies Unit, Analytical Division, specializes in the development of methods needed to detect and quantify drug substances in biological fluids. Our methodologies are applied to the testing of drug treatments and therapies of major importance in human health and well-being. We strive to secure and succeed in a variety of educational, pharmaceutical industry and governmental projects, for it is these projects that offer our staff and academic personnel the opportunity to develop their abilities and apply their expertise to advance our understanding of problems in drug research. To meet our fullest potential as individuals and as an organization, the DSU must recognize and nurture an environment of togetherness and harmony, cherishing the contributions of each member and celebrating diversity. 

The Analytical Division of the Drug Studies Unit (DSU) applies Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) standards to meet the drug assay development requirements necessary in submissions to the Food and Drug Administration. The DSU was established in 1977 by the late Dr. Sid Riegelman, Dr. Leslie Benet (former Chairman of the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, now the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences) and Dr. Roger Williams (USP). With over 25 years experience in drug and metabolite analysis of biological fluids, method development and validation, the Drug Studies Unit serves as an educational, scientific and financial resource of the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences in the School of Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco.[More about us]

The DSU is equipped with state of the art analytical equipment (including mass spectrometers) which performs automated sampling, computerized data acquisitions and report preparation. Automated equipment and computerized data acquisitions systems allow expeditious study execution. [More about our facilities]