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Martin A. Javors, Ph.D.

Martin A. Javors, Ph.D.

Professor (Tenured)

Professor (Tenured), Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology

Director of the Biological Psychiatry Analytical Labs, Department of Psychiatry

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Adjuct Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Javors is a Professor in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Addiction at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and an active collaborator on projects within the Neurobehavioral Research Division. Dr. Javors is director of the Biological Psychiatry Analytical Laboratory, which is located in the Department of Psychiatry at UTHSC. The BPAL provides a wide variety of biochemical measurements related to psychiatric research. Dr. Javors has been an active collaborator on many of the NRLC studies. Much of this work involves characterization of serotonin function and its relationship to impulsivity among the various clinical groups we work with. Dr. Javors has also been a mentor to Dr.Hill-Kapturczak in her transition to applying her molecular biology skills to Psychiatry.

Research Interests

  • Biochemical markers of alcohol consumption
  • Biochemical markers of nicotine use
  • Serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine transporters
  • Measurement of catecholamines in various tissues
  • Membrane transducing systems
  • Second messenger function of Ca2+
  • Development of analytical tests for psychotherapeutic drugs


Year Degree Major Institution
1982 Internship Pharmacology The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
1979 Ph.D. Pharmacy (Pharmacology) The University of Colorado at Boulder
1967 B.A. Pharmacy The University of Texas at Austin

Presentations/Publications with the NRLC

  • Pharmacokinetics of Phosphatidylethanol 16:0/20:4 in Human Blood After Alcohol Intake

    Lopez-Cruzan, M., Roache, J. D., Hill-Kapturczak, N., Karns-Wright, T. E., Dougherty, D. M., Sanchez, J. J., Koek, W., and Javors, M.A. (i2018).

    Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, 42, 2094-2099 PubMed Icon

  • Pilot investigation of a phosphatidylethanol-based contingency management intervention targeting alcohol use

    McDonell, M. G., Skalisky, J., Leickly, E., Orr, M. F., McPherson, S., Roll, J., Hill-Kapturczak, N., and Javors, M. (2017).

    Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31, 608-613. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Characterization of the pharmacokinetics of Phosphatidylethanol 16:0/18:1 and 16:0/18:2 in human whole blood after alcohol consumption in a clinical laboratory study.

    Javors, M. A., Hill-Kapturczak, N., Roache, J. D., Karns-Wright, T. E., and Dougherty, D. M. (2016).

    Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40, 1228-1234. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Drinking histories in alcohol-use-disordered youth: preliminary findings on relationships to platelet serotonin transporter expression with genotypes of the serotonin transporter.

    Dawes, M. A., Roache, J. D., Javors, M. A., Bergeson, S. E., Richard, D. M., Mathias, C. W., Ait-Daoud, N., Dougherty, D. M., and Johnson, B. A. (2009)

    Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70, 899-907. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon