Bruce Branan

Professor
HR 207-C
(859) 858-3511 ext. 2307

Bruce Branan 2015

 

Ph.D. 1994 Ohio State University; Organic Chemistry
BS 1989 University of NC, Greensboro; Chemistry

At Asbury since 2000
Courses: Organic Chemistry, Chemistry for the Health Sciences, Chemical Instrumentation, Medical Admission Exams Preparation, Senior Seminar, Senior Research in Biology / Chemistry


Professional Interests

My research activities vary widely, but always include Asbury students. In recent years students and I have:

  • studied tea and use of natural decaffeination methods
  • analyzed EGCG antioxidant levels in tea and its relationship to growth elevation
  • synthesized novel polyether compounds, and studied their metal-binding properties
  • constructed an ozone generator for use in new ways in the organic chemistry curriculum
  • used the ozone generator in a study on the effects of ozone on different bacteria cultures
  • analyzed over-the-counter resveratrol supplements by HPLC to determine accuracy of labeling
  • exposed Moringa oliefera (a fast-growing African plant) to high levels of UV-B radiation and measured the effect on antioxidant levels expressed by the plant.

 

All students who have worked with me present their research findings at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences.

 

What I do for fun

When I’m not in my office, it’s a sure bet you’ll find me at home.  My hobbies center include biking, hiking, and some woodworking (I've made benches for our dining room table, and bookcases). We homeschool our children and I get to teach algebra, geometry, and basic science.  I also enjoy reading science fiction and cooking (don't all organic chemists?).

Degrees: 

B.S. Chemistry, University of NC at Greensboro

Ph.D. Synthetic Organic Chemistry, The Ohio State University

Courses offered: 
CHE 111/113 Introductory Chemistry / Lab
CHE 115/117 Chemistry for the Health Professions / Lab
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry I
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry II
CHE 322 Chemical Instrumentation
PHP 302 Medical Admission Exams Preparation
PHP 393 Seminar in Health Professions Shadowing
BIO / CHE 400 Senior Research
BIO / CHE 475 Senior Seminar
Selected/Recent Publications: 

Branan, B.M.; Butcher, J.T.; Olsen, L.R. “Use of Ozone in the Undergraduate Chemistry Lab:  Ozonolysis of Eugenol”, The Journal of Chemical Education, 2007, 84(12), 1979-1981.

Faulkner, J.R.; Hussaini, S.R.; Blankenship, J.D.; Pal, S.; Branan, B.M.; Grossman, R.B.; Schardl, C. “On the Sequence of Bond Formation in Loline Alkaloid Biosynthesis”, ChemBioChem, 2006, 7, 1078-1088.

Paquette, L.A.; Tae, J.; Branan, B.M.; Bolin, D.G.; Eisenberg, S.W.E. “Synthesis and Conformational Properties of Several Maximally Substituted Hexa(spirotetrahydrofuranyl)cyclohexanes.  Assessment of the Pronounced bias of the All-Trans D3d-Symmetric Isomer for Total Equatorial Oxygen Occupancy” J. Org. Chem. 2000, 65, 9172.

Paquette, L.A.; Tae, J.; Branan, B.M.; Eisenberg, S.W.E.; Hofferberth, J.E. "Synthesis and Conformational Properties of the Sterically Crowded D3D-Symmetric all-trans Hexa(spirotetrahydrofuranyl)cyclhexane System" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 1999, 38, 1412.

Paquette, L.A.; Bolin, D.G.; Stepanian, M.; Branan, B.M.; Mallavadhani, U.V.; Tae, J.; Eisenberg, S.W.E.; Rogers, R.D. "Intramolecular Oxymercuration of Stereoisomeric Cyclohexyl-Belted Poly(spirotetrahydrofuranyl) Platforms" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1998, 120, 11603.

Paquette, L.A.; Lowinger, T.B.; Bolin, D.G.; Branan, B.M. "trans,anti,trans-Tetra(spirotetrahydrofuranyl)cyclohexane-1,2-dione.  Stereocontrolled Synthesis and Definition of Its Susceptibility to Photoisomerization" J. Org. Chem. 1996, 61, 7486.

Paquette, L.A.; Stepanian, M.; Branan, B.M.; Edmondson, S.D.; Bauer, C.B.; Rogers, R.D. "Solid-State Conformational Analysis of Poly(spirotetrahydrofuranyl)-cyclohexyl Systems.  The Preference of C-O Bonds for Equatorial Occupancy." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1996, 118, 4504.

Presentations: 

"Pre-health Collection Within MedEdPORTAL's iCollaborative:  Shared Resources to Help Science Instructors Address Pre-Health Competencies", Bruce Branan, Asbury University; Jen Page, Association of American Medical Colleges; an oral presentation for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science, Lexington, KY , November 15, 2014.

"iCollaborative of the Association of Medical Colleges" Jen Page, Rishi Dasai, Bruce Branan, Patti Kreke, Janet Hart; 2014 NAAHP National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, June, 2014.

"Share Your Teaching Resource Online:  Join the Open Access Community!"  Bruce Branan, Patti Kreke, Stephanie Brouet; 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Grand Valley State University, Michigan, August, 2014.

"The ABC's of Shadowing", a poster presentation co-authored by Bruce Branan and January Haile, presented at the Academic Leadership Academy (sponsored by the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium), May 17, 2014.

"Comparative Study of Science-Teacher Education at Kentucky Universities", a report of sabbatical research, Bruce Branan, Fall, 2013.

“HPLC Analysis of Resveratrol in Over-The-Counter Supplements”, co-authored by Heather Stamper and Bruce Branan, an oral presentation for the Undergraduate Research Competition, 2011 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science, November 5, 2011.

“Quantities of L-Theanine Present in varieties of Green Tea”, co-authored by Lucas Rohrer, Bruce Branan, and Bruce Richardson, an oral presentation for the Undergraduate Research Competition, 2009 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science, November 14, 2009.

“Elevation and EGCG:  How Do Growing Conditions Affect Tea (Camellia Sinensis)?”, co-authored by Kenton Sena, Bruce Branan, and Bruce Richardson, an oral presentation for theUndergraduate Research Competition, 2009 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science,November 14, 2009. (First Place Award in the Health Sciences Section)

“Analysis of Caffeine Levels in Multiple Infusions of Tea”, co-authored by Micah Buckel, Bruce Richardson, and Bruce Branan, an oral presentation for the Undergraduate Research Competition, 2008 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science, November 1, 2008. (Third Place Award in the Health Sciences Section)

“Getting High on Tea:  How Elevation affects Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) Concentration in Camellia Sinensis, co-authored by Aaron Baker, Bruce Richardson, and Bruce Branan, an oral presentation for the Undergraduate Research Competition, 2008 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science, November 1, 2008.

“What Is That Nice Smell?  Analysis of the Muscatel Aroma in Darjeeling Black Teas”, co-authored by Nathan DeFreitas, Bruce Richardson, and Bruce Branan, an oral presentation for the Undergraduate Research Competition, 2008 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science, November 1, 2008.

“Undergraduate Research Projects at Asbury College”, co-presented with Dr. Frank Wilbur, Brown-Bag Lunch Presentation, Asbury College, October 23, 2007.

“Teaching in a Social Context:  Making College Learning Rigorous and Relevant to Today’s Students”, Towanna Roller, Bruce Branan, and Carolyn Witt Jones, presented at the Faculty Development Luncheon, Asbury College, February 6, 2007.

“Effect of ozone on nutrient broth cultures of Escherichia coli:  Importance of bacterial concentration and delivery mode”, co-authored by Brittany Hale, Frank Wilbur, and Bruce Branan, an oral presentation for the Undergraduate Research Competition, 2006 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science, November 9-11, 2006 (First Place award in the Microbiology Section).

“A Snapshot of Rigor and Relevance:  Who’s Breaking An Academic Sweat”, a presentation of The Parnership for Successful Schools In Collaboration with Asbury College and the Jessamine County Public Schools, October 24, 2006, at the 2006 Teacher Quality Summit, Louisville, KY.

"Characteristics and Tools for Defining P-16 Rigor and Relevance”, a presentation of The Parnership for Successful Schools In Collaboration with Asbury College and the Jessamine County Public Schools, July 14, 2006, Kentucky Education Television Visitors’ Center, Lexington, Kentucky.

"Synthetic Efforts Towards a Novel Polyether Ionophore”, co-authored by Hazim Rishmawi and Bruce Branan, an oral presentation for the Undergraduate Research Competition, 2005 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science, November 10-12, 2005, Eastern Kentucky University.

"Bactericidal Effect of Ozone on Stationary Phase Nutrient Broth Cultures of Escherichia coli”, co-authored by Rachel Gibson, Frank Wilbur, and Bruce Branan, an oral presentation for the Undergraduate Research Competition, 2005 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science, November 10-12, 2005, Eastern Kentucky University. (Third Place award in the Biology Section).

Construction and Utilization of an Ozone Generator for Use in an Undergraduate Laboratory”, co-authored by Joshua Butcher and Bruce Branan, an oral presentation for the Undergraduate Research Competition, 2004 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science, November 4-6, 2004, Murray State University.         

"The Synthesis and Metal-Complexing Ability of a Novel Polyether", co-authored by Stacey Streeter, Jane Barcelo, and Bruce Branan, a Poster Presentation for the Undergraduate Research Competition, 2002 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science, November 7-9, 2002, Northern Kentucky University. (Third Place Award in the Physical Science Section).

Current research/scholarship: 

Current research involves measuring omega-3 fats in eggs produced by chickens at Asbury's Mission Farm, studying various effects of an omega-3 enhanced diet on the chickens, the limits of omega-3 content in the eggs, and the length of time omega-3's remain in the eggs after the special diet is removed.

Research continues into the relationship between growth-elevation of tea and EGCG levels in the tea.  Samples of teas from around the world from various elevations are being studied, along with teas from single tea-estates grown at altitudes differing by over 1000 ft.

A new area of interest is to analyze treated wastewater, sampled where it is released back into the environment, for the presence of pharmaceuticals (anti-depressents, birth control, etc.) to first determine the levels present, and then (possibly) to study genetic effects on aquatic organisms. 

Affiliations: 

CMDA (Christian Medical and Dental Associations)

KAS (Kentucky Academy of Science)

NAAHP (National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions)

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