Natural Products Training Laboratory

The University of Mississippi
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  • Overview

    The following are summaries of the courses offered at our newly constructed Natural Products Training Laboratory (NPTL) in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, in partnership with the National Center for Natural Products Research.

    Upcoming Courses

    Botanical Dietary Supplement Course Dates

    Basic Course

    March 11-13, 2019

    June 10-12, 2019

    Extended Course

    March 11-15, 2019

    June 10-14, 2019

    Advanced Course

    September 23-25, 2019


    *More information to come. Additional course dates TBA. For more information, please email or call 662-915-1090.

    Registration details

    Limit of 10 seats per course. Once course is full, additional participants will be wait-listed and will receive first priority if a seat becomes available.

    3-day course, $2995
    5-day course, $4995

    Fee includes training and registration, lodging, and session materials. Airfare is not included.
    You will receive confirmation e-mail after completing registration.

    3-day courses will be held from Monday to Wednesday and the 5-day participants will stay Thursday & Friday for the additional aspects of MS. We are currently in the process of adding new modular courses to better suit your needs.  Please continue to check our page for new dates and new courses.

    Course Details


    A 3-day basic course providing a blend of theoretical and practical information regarding botanical authentication and modern LC techniques and technologies.

    These courses target individuals working in the dietary supplement industry and who have a good working knowledge of HPLC equipment and use. Attendees do not need to have a strong botanical knowledge or theoretical understanding of liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry. These courses are designed to provide this information.

    Upon completing the 3-day course, attendees will gain basic understanding in the following areas:

    • plant taxonomy and botanical nomenclature
    • herbarium techniques and importance of voucher samples
    • identification and authentication of botanicals by macroscopy and microscopy methods
    • preparation of botanical samples for microscopic analyses
    • basic principles and operation of HPTLC
    • role of LC/MS and GC/MS in authenticating processed materials
    • modern LC separation and detection techniques, including supercritical fluid chromatography
    • modern LC column particle technologies and the concepts and parameters which drive separation performance
    • how LC methods can be transferred among columns with different particle size, as well as between LC platforms of varying levels of performance (HPLC, UHPLC and UPLC)
    • how LC methods can be used for qualitative and quantitative analysis and comparison of botanicals
    • LC data processing, including how CDS software can be used to expedite data analysis and evaluation
    • chromatographic peak homogeneity (UV and MS)
    • how UV spectral libraries are created and used


    A 5-day basic course that includes MS theory and practical quantitative applications in natural products, in addition to the 3-day course material.

    Attendees completing the 5-day course will also learn the following aspects of MS:

    • MS theory
    • MS acquisition modes
    • MS method development
    • MS calibration
    • MS quantification
    • MS sample preparation
    • specific applications of MS detection for botanicals and dietary supplements


    A 3-day advanced course providing an advanced blend of theoretical and practical information regarding botanical authentication and modern LC techniques and technologies as well as problem solving. 

    This course will provide attendees with advanced training in analytical techniques. This will include a practical training and a critical understanding of the laboratory-based techniques the attendees may encountered in their research activities.

    Upon completing the 3-day course, attendees will gain advanced understanding in the following areas:

    • Strategic planning of analytical techniques to apply to different types of samples including selection of the most appropriate technique/instrumentation for the analysis.
    • Design an analytical work-flow to acquire and process data from the chosen instruments.
    • Importance of good chromatography
    • How to select/optimize an appropriate mobile phase and develop gradient or isocratic elution methods.
    • Selection of columns/TLC plates (stationary and mobile phases)
    • Selection of appropriate detection methods
    • Principles and components of the mass spectrometer
    • Sample preparation, calibration standards and sample properties
    • Logical steps of instrument troubleshooting
    • Examples of practical solutions specific to botanicals



    Guest Lecturer

    Each 3- and 5-day training course will feature a special guest lecturer (from industry, government or academia) announced prior to the individual courses.

    For more information about upcoming guest lecturers, check the listings on our NPTL Course Overview page.