Notable Achievements

Eight faculty members in the natural sciences published a letter to the editor in the Williamson County Sunin the July 29th edition. “SU Scientists Refute ‘Hoax’ Climate Claim” was in reference to the Sun’s July 22 account of a community forum on the science of climate change. The letter was written by Professor of Biology Max Taub and co-signed by Professor of Chemistry Kerry Bruns, Professor of Biology Romi Burks, Professor of Biology Maria Cuevas, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Mike Gesinski, Associate Professor of Biology Martín Gonzalez, Professor of Kinesiology Scott McLean, and Professor of Biology Ben Pierce.

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Expertise

Protein chemistry, enzymology, peptide synthesis, and study of signal transduction in cellular proliferation and differentiation

Kerry Bruns’ primary teaching responsibilities are General Chemistry and Biochemistry courses.

He received his PhD from New Mexico State University in 1987 and his BA from Western New Mexico University in 1981.

Bruns is affiliated with American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Cell Biology, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Texas Association for Advisors of the Health Professions, and Council on Undergraduate Research.

  • Kerry Bruns’ primary teaching responsibilities are General Chemistry and Biochemistry courses.

    He received his PhD from New Mexico State University in 1987 and his BA from Western New Mexico University in 1981.

    Bruns is affiliated with American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Cell Biology, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Texas Association for Advisors of the Health Professions, and Council on Undergraduate Research.

  • Doray, Balraj, K. Bruns, P. Ghosh, and S. Kornfeld (2002) Autoinhibition of the Ligand-binding Site for GGA1/3 VHS Domains by an Internal Acidic Cluster-dileucine Motif. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., USA 99, 8072-8077

    Doray, Balraj, K. Bruns, P. Ghosh, and S. Kornfeld (2002) Interaction of the Cation-dependent Mannose 6-Phosphate Receptor with GGA Proteins. J. Biol. Chem. 277, 18477-18482

    Althouse, G., K. Bruns, L. Evans, and W. Hsu (1995) A Simple Technique for the Purification of Plasma Membranes from Ejaculated Boar Spermatozoa. Preparative Biochemistry 25, 69-80

    Davis, T., L. Tabatabai, K. Bruns, R. Hamilton, and M. Nilsen-Hamilton (1991) Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor Induces 3T3 Fibroblasts to Synthesize and Secrete a Cyclophilin-Like Protein and beta-2 Microglobulin. Biochim et Biophys. Acta 1095, 145-152

    Hamilton, R., K. Bruns, M. Delgado, J. Shim, Y. Fang, D. Denhardt, and M. Nilsen- Hamilton (1991) Developmental Expression of Cathepsin L and c-rasHa in the Mouse Placenta. Mol. Reprod. Devel. 30, 285-292

    Nilsen-Hamilton, M., Y. Jang, M. Delgado, J. Shim, K. Bruns, C. Chiang, Y. Fang, C. Parfett, D. Denhardt, and R. Hamilton (1991) Regulation of the Expression of Mitogen-Regulated Protein (MRP; Proliferin) and Cathepsin L in Cultured Cells and in the Murine Placenta. Mol. Cell. Endocrinol. 77, 115-121

    Bruns, K. and E. R. Casillas (1990) Partial Purification and Characterization of an Acetylcarnitine Hydrolase from Bovine Epididymal Spermatozoa. Arch. Biochem Biophys. 227, 1-7

    Bruns, K. and E. R. Casillas (1989) The Metabolism of Acetylcarnitine and Acetate By Bovine and Hamster Epididymal Spermatozoa. Biol. Reprod. 41, 218-226

  • Carlos P. Cardenas and Kerry Bruns “Inhibition of gene expression by using an anthrapyrazole/peptide nucleic acid conjugate” 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco, CA, March, 2010

    Elizabeth Ferrick and Kerry Bruns “Cathepsin L overexpression in Kirsten sarcoma virus-transformed fibroblasts may be epigenetically controlled by histone H3 acetylation” 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco, CA, March, 2010

    James M. Bradley, Frank Guziec. and Kerry Bruns “Synthesis and characterization of peptide nucleic acid for experimental use of directing anthrapyrazole intercalation” Undergraduate Research Poster Sessions at the 233rd ACS national meeting, Chicago, IL, March 25-29, 2007.

    Asher Begleiter, Naweed Raza, Christine M. Pickering, Marsha K. Leith, Lynn J. Guziec, Christopher N. Prichard, Kerry A. Bruns, Frank S. Guziec Jr., “Studies with Novel Sulfur-Oxide Alkylating Agents” American Association for Cancer Research, April 2006

    Michael Brinkman, Michael Henzl, and Kerry A. Bruns “Binding Studies of Calmodulin and Peptide Ligands Related to HIV I-gp-160” presented at the 227th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Anaheim, CA, April 2004

    Hatley, Jade, Kerry Bruns, and Emily Niemeyer “Detection of Tetracycline Antibiotics and Tetracycline-resistant Genes in Surface Water and Topsoil Surrounding Livestock Operations” presented at the 227th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Anaheim, CA, April 2004

    Jessica Ables, Michael Henzl, and Kerry A. Bruns “Binding Studies of Calmodulin and Peptide Ligands Related to HIV II Coat Glycoprotein”, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, San Diego, CA, April 15, 2003

    Doray, Balraj, K. Bruns, and S. Kornfeld “Interaction of GGA2 with the Cation-dependent Mannose 6-Phosphate Receptor” 41st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology,Washington, DC, December 9, 2001

    Kimberly Sanford and Kerry Bruns “Identification and Cellular Localization of Lectin-binding Proteins in Mouse Spleen and Cultured Human Lymphocytes”, Texas Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Texas A&M University at Kingsville, March 10, 2000 

    Adrianne Cones and Kerry Bruns “Identifying Amino Acid Sequences of Peptides that Bind to Pokeweed Mitogen; Structural Similarity Between Peptide and Carbohydrate Ligands”, Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans National Conference, Portland, OR, Oct. 7-10, 1999

    Christopher Prichard: “Design and Preparation of Novel Anticancer Mustard Derivatives” Dr. Frank Guziec and Dr. Kerry Bruns, advisors. Alpha Chi Regional Convention, San Antonio, TX. February 27, 1998

    Rajendra Bhati: “Identification of Peptide Ligands for the Calcium-Calmodulin Complex by the Method of Phage Display” Dr. Kerry Bruns, advisor. Alpha Chi Regional Convention, San Antonio, TX. February 27, 1998