Sabra R. Botch-Jones, MS, MS, MA

Assistant Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Sabra Botch-Jones
72 E. Concord St Housman (R)


As a full-time faculty member of Boston University’s Biomedical Forensic Sciences Graduate Program, I teach courses in Drug Chemistry, Forensic Toxicology and Instrumental Analysis in Forensic Laboratories. I also act as a research and thesis advisor to graduate students. My own research focuses on emerging issues related to forensic toxicology, including Novel Psychoactive Substances such as synthetic cathinones, synthetic piperazines, and the NBOMe compounds. I am interested in the identification, development and validation of analytical methods for the quantitation of these and other compounds impacting forensic toxicology and drug chemistry laboratories. In addition, I am very interested in the epidemiology of drug use and abuse.

Other Positions

  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


  • University of Florida, MS
  • University of Florida, MS
  • University of Central Oklahoma, MA
  • University of Central Oklahoma, BA

Classes Taught

  • GMSAN805
  • GMSFS703
  • GMSFS707
  • GMSFS708
  • GMSFS740
  • GMSFS803
  • GMSFS870
  • GMSFS871
  • GMSFS970
  • GMSFS971


  • Published on 5/1/2018

    Mella M, Schweitzer B, Mallet CR, Moore T, Botch-Jones S. Detection of Cocaine and Metabolites in Bone Following Decomposition Using 2D LC-MS-MS. J Anal Toxicol. 2018 May 01; 42(4):265-275. PMID: 29300918.

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  • Published on 3/1/2018

    Lau T, LeBlanc R, Botch-Jones S. Stability of Synthetic Piperazines in Human Whole Blood. J Anal Toxicol. 2018 Mar 01; 42(2):88-98. PMID: 29186530.

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  • Published on 2/28/2018

    Mella M, Schweitzer B, Botch-Jones S, Mallet C. Analysis of ketamine and xylazine in complex matrices using two-dimensional liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry. Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom. 2018 Feb 28; 32(4):295-305. PMID: 29215203.

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  • Published on 12/23/2016

    Walsh E, Johnson R, Tracy P, Botch-Jones S (2016) 2: 014. Evaluation of the Components within Electronic Cigarette Liquids and Drugs of Abuse Using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. J Forensic Leg Investig Sci. 2016; 14(2).

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  • Published on 8/25/2016

    Mallet C, Botch-Jones S. Illicit Drug Analysis Using Two-Dimension Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry. J Anal Toxicol. 2016 Oct; 40(8):617-627. PMID: 27562967.

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  • Published on 8/11/2016

    Botch-Jones S, Foss J, Barajas D, Kero F, Young C, Weisenseel J. The detection of NBOMe designer drugs on blotter paper by high resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOFMS) with and without chromatography. Forensic Sci Int. 2016 Oct; 267:89-95. PMID: 27572638.

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  • Published on 10/1/2014

    Johnson RD, Botch-Jones SR, Flowers T, Lewis CA. An evaluation of 25B-, 25C-, 25D-, 25H-, 25I- and 25T2-NBOMe via LC-MS-MS: method validation and analyte stability. J Anal Toxicol. 2014 Oct; 38(8):479-84. PMID: 25217535.

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  • Published on 9/1/2014

    Botch-Jones SR, Johnson R, Kleinschmidt K, Bashaw S, Ordonez J. Diphenhydramine's role in death investigations: an examination of diphenhydramine prevalence in 2 US geographical areas. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2014 Sep; 35(3):181-5. PMID: 25051196.

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  • Published on 1/16/2013

    Johnson RD, Botch-Jones SR. The stability of four designer drugs: MDPV, mephedrone, BZP and TFMPP in three biological matrices under various storage conditions. J Anal Toxicol. 2013 Mar; 37(2):51-5. PMID: 23325764.

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  • Published on 12/8/2011

    Chaturvedi AK, Botch SR, Ricaurte EM. Toxicological findings in 889 fatally injured obese pilots involved in aviation accidents. J Forensic Sci. 2012 Mar; 57(2):420-6. PMID: 22150571.

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