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Richard Beger Ph.D.

Chief, Biomarkers and Alternative Models Branch — Division of Systems Biology

Richard Beger
Richard Beger, Ph.D.

(870) 543-7121

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Dr. Beger received his Ph.D. from Purdue University and completed postdoctoral training at Wesleyan University and Johns Hopkins University Medical School. His Ph.D. research focused on normal mode analysis of DNA under a variety of conditions. His postdoctoral appointments concentrated on using homonuclear and heteronuclear nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to solve NMR spectroscopy solution structures of zinc fingers, damaged DNA, and protein-protein complexes. During his second postdoctoral appointment, he developed an in silico method to use 1H, 13C, and 15N NMR assigned chemical shifts of the protein backbone atoms to form dihedral constraints on the backbone of proteins. This method increased the accuracy of the protein structures and permitted larger proteins to be solved by NMR spectroscopic methods. Dr. Beger is currently the branch chief of the Biomarkers and Alternative Models Branch (BAMB) in the Division of Systems Biology. BAMB consists of a metabolomics team, proteomics team, alternative methods team, and chemical modeling of toxicological endpoints.

Research Interests

Dr. Beger’s current research uses cutting-edge systems biology, proteomics, and metabolomics analysis of biofluid and tissues samples from in vitro, nonclinical, and clinical studies to discover and evaluate translational biomarkers of:

  • drug-induced liver, kidney, heart or neural toxicity
  • drug or chemical addiction
  • disease status.

Dr. Beger is participating in national and international QA/QC metabolomics committees that include the creation of Metabolomics Quality Assurance and Quality Control Consortium (mQACC) and MEtabolomics standaRds Initiative in Toxicology (MERIT) to provide guidance on best practice, quality standards and the reporting of analytical and computational metabolomics methods. He initiated NCTR and FDA research in tissue imaging with the purchase of a MALDI TOF mass spectrometry to image:

  • drugs
  • drug metabolites
  • endogenous metabolites (i.e. neurotransmitters, cholesterol, lipids)
  • chemicals

Tissue imaging can be directly compared to histopathology and other imaging techniques to identify biomarkers and mechanisms in tissue. Dr. Beger is also the primary inventor of spectroscopic data activity relationship (SDAR) as well as three-dimensional SDAR modeling that has been used to model estrogen receptor binding, phospholipidosis, hERG inhibition, and other toxicological endpoints.

Professional Societies/National and International Groups

Metabolomics Society
2004 - Present

Society of Toxicology
2004 - Present

South Central Chapter of the Society of Toxicology
2014 - Present

COnsortium of METabolomics Studies (COMETS)
2016 - Present

MEtabolomics standaRds Initiative in Toxicology (MERIT)
2017 - 2018

Metabolomics Quality Assurance and Quality Control Consortium (mQACC)
2018 - Present

Select Publications

Current Concepts in Pharmacometabolomics, Biomarker Discovery, and Precision Medicine.
Beger R.D., Schmidt M.A., and Kaddurah-Daouk R.
Metabolites. 2020, 10(4):129.

Bile Acid Profile and its Changes in Response to Cefoperazone Treatment in MR1 Deficient Mice.
Sun J., Cao Z., Smith A.D., Carlson P.E. Jr., Coryell M., Chen H., and Beger R.D.
Metabolites. 2020, 10(4):127.

Hepatic Transcript Profiles of Cytochrome P450 Genes Predict Sex Differences in Drug Metabolism.
Fuscoe J.C., Vijay V., Hanig J.P., Han T., Ren L., Greenhaw J.J., Beger R.D., Pence L.M., and Shi Q.
Drug Metab Dispos. 2020, 48(6):447-458

Determination of Structural Factors Affecting Binding to Mu, Kappa and Delta Opioid Receptors.
Slavov S., Mattes W., and Beger R.D.
Arch Toxicol. 2020, 94(4):1215-1227.

Metabolomics Test Materials for Quality Control: A Study of a Urine Materials Suite.
Bearden D.W., Sheen D.A., Simón-Manso Y., Benner B.A. JR., Rocha W.F.C., Blonder N., Lippa K.A., Beger R.D., Schnackenberg L.K., Sun J., Mehta K.Y., Cheema A.K., Gu H., Marupaka R., Nagana Gowda G.A., and Raftery D.
Metabolites. 2019, 9(11):270.

Stability of the Human Plasma Proteome to Pre-analytical Variability as Assessed by an Aptamer-Based Approach. 
Daniels J.R., Cao Z., Maisha M., Schnackenberg L.K., Sun J., Pence L., Schmitt T.C., Kamlage B., Rogstad S., Beger R.D., and Yu L.R.
J Proteome Res. 2019, 18(10):3661-3670.

Metabolomics-Based Pathway Changes in Testis Fragments Treated with Ethinylestradiol in vitro.
Sun J., Beger R.D., Sloper D.T., and Nakamura N. 
Birth Defects Res. 2019, 111(20):1643-1654. 31347792

Use Cases, Best Practice and Reporting Standards for Metabolomics in Regulatory Toxicology.
Viant M.R., Ebbels T.M.D., Beger R.D., Ekman D.R., Epps D.J.T., Kamp H., Leonards P.E.G., Loizou G.D., MacRae J.I., van Ravenzwaay B., Rocca-Serra P., Salek R.M., Walk T., and Weber R.J.M.
Nat Commun. 2019, 10(1):3041.

An Integrated Analysis of Metabolites, Peptides, and Inflammation Biomarkers for Assessment of Preanalytical Variability of Human Plasma.
Cao Z., Kamlage B., Wagner-Golbs A., Maisha M., Sun J., Schnackenberg L.K., Pence L., Schmitt T.C., Daniels J.R., Rogstad S., Beger R.D., and Yu L.R.
J Proteome Res. 2019, 18(6):2411-2421.

Towards Quality Assurance and Quality Control in Untargeted Metabolomics Studies. 
Beger R.D., Dunn W.B., Bandukwala A., Bethan B., Broadhurst D., Clish C.B., Dasari S., Derr L., Evans A., Fischer S., Flynn T., Hartung T., Herrington D., Higashi R., Hsu P.C., Jones C., Kachman M., Karuso H., Kruppa G., Lippa K., Maruvada P., Mosley J., Ntai I., O'Donovan C., Playdon M., Raftery D., Shaughnessy D., Souza A., Spaeder T., Spalholz B., Tayyari F., Ubhi B., Verma M., Walk T., Wilson I., Witkin K., Bearden D.W., and Zanetti K.A.
Metabolomics. 2019, 15(1):4.

Aptamer-Based Proteomics Identifies Mortality-Associated Serum Biomarkers in Dialysis-Dependent Acute Kidney Injury Patients.disclaimer icon
Yu L.R., Sun J., Daniels J.R., Cao Z., Schnackenberg L., Choudhury D., Palevsky P.M., Ma J.Z., Beger R.D., and Portilla D.
Kidney International Reports. 2018, doi.org/10.1016/j.ekir.2018.04.012.

Computational Identification of Structural Factors Affecting the Mutagenic Potential of Aromatic Amines: Study Design and Experimental Validation.disclaimer icon
Slavov S.H., Stoyanova-Slavova I., Mattes W., Beger R.D., and Brüschweiler B.J.
Arch Toxicol. 2018, doi.org/10.1007/s00204-018-2216-x.

Immune Response Proteins as Predictive Biomarkers of Doxorubicin-Induced Cardiotoxicity in Breast Cancer Patients.disclaimer icon
Yu L.R., Cao Z., Makhoul I., Daniels J.R., Klimberg S., Wei J.Y., Bai J.B.F., Li J., Lathrop J.T., Beger R.D., and Todorova V.K.
Experimental Biology and Medicine. 2018, 243(3): 248-255.doi.org/10.1177/1535370217746383.

Multiple MicroRNAs Function as Self-Protective Modules in Acetaminophen-Induced Hepatotoxicity in Humans.  
Yu D., Wu L., Gill P., Tolleson W.H., Chen S., Sun J., Knox B., Jin Y., Xiao W., Hong H., Wang Y., Ren Z., Guo L., Mei N., Guo Y., Yang X., Shi L., Chen Y., Zeng L., Dreval K., Tryndyak V., Pogribny I., Fang H., Shi T., McCullough S., Bhattacharyya S., Schnackenberg L., Mattes W., Beger R.D., James L., Tong W., Ning B.
Arch Toxicol. 2018, 92(2):845-858. 

Evaluation of Metabolism of Azo Dyes and Their Effects on Staphylococcus aureus Metabolome.
Sun J., Jin J., Beger R.D., Cerniglia C.E., and Chen H. 
J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol. 2017, 44(10):1471-1481. 

3D-SDAR Modeling of hERG Potassium Channel Affinity: A Case Study in Model Design and Toxicophore Identification.  
Stoyanova-Slavova I.B., Slavov S.H., Buzatu D.A., Beger R.D., and Wilkes J.G. 
J Mol Graph Model. 2017, 72:246-255. 

Why Are Most PLD Active Chemicals Also hERG Active?disclaimer icon
Slavov S., Stoyanova-Slavova I., Li S., Shahane S., Huang R., Xia M., and Beger R.D.
Arch Toxicol. 2017, 91(12), 3885-3895. doi: 10.1007/s00204-017-1995-9.

Metabolomics Enables Precision Medicine - "A White Paper, Community Perspective."
Beger R.D., Dunn W., Schmidt M.A., Gross S.S., Kirwan J.A., Cascante M., Brennan L., Wishart D.S., Oresic M., Hankemeier T., Broadhurst D.I., Lane A.N., Suhre K., Kastenmüller G., Thiele I., Sumner S.J., and Kaddurah-Daouk R.
Metabolomics. 2016, 12:149.

Translational Biomarkers of Acetaminophen-Induced Acute Liver Injury.
Beger R.D., Bhattacharyya S., Yang X., Gill P.S., Schnackenberg L.K., Sun J., and James L.P.
Arch Toxicol. 2015, 89(9):1497-522.


Lab Members

Contact information for all lab members:
(870) 543-7391

Chengzhong Cai, Ph.D. 
Visiting scientist

Zhijun Cao, Ph.D.
Staff Fellow

Amy Inselman, Ph.D.
Research Biologist

Elizabeth (Ellen) Jones, Ph.D.
Staff Fellow

Kelly Mercer, Ph.D.
Staff Fellow

Gwenn Merry, M.S.

Noriko Nakamura, Ph.D.
Staff Fellow

Lisa Pence, Ph.D.

Tom Schmitt, B.S.

Svetoslav Slavov, Ph.D.
Staff Fellow

Jinchun Sun, Ph.D.
Visiting Scientist

Li-Rong Yu, Ph.D.
Staff Fellow

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(870) 543-7121
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