Bruce Branan

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

Bruce

 

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.

Easter 2012 picture of Bruce Branan and his family

Bruce and Laura Branan and children, taken on Easter, 2012

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 wife and I have ten children, ranging in age from 16 years old to infant. My hobbies center around them, and include biking, hiking, and generally having fun. We homeschool our children, so I also get to teach algebra, geometry, and basic science.  I also enjoy science fiction, home-improvement projects, and cooking.




Publications and Presentations

  • “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 the Undergraduate Research Competition, 2009 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academhy 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.
  • "Debunking the myth of tea's caffeine content", article by Bruce Richardson, Fresh Cup magazine, January, 2009, 52-54.
  • "On the Construction of 'A Simple and Efficient Ozone Generator' and its use in the Ozonolysis of Eugenol." Journal of Chemical Education (2007).
  • "On the Sequence of Bond Formation in Loline Alkaloid Biosynthesis." ChemBioChem (2006).
  • "A Snapshot of Rigor and Relevance: Who’s Breaking An Academic Sweat.” Presentation at the Teacher Quality Summit, Louisville, KY, 2006.

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