Emily Niemeyer

Notable Achievements

Professor of Chemistry Emily Niemeyer, Jiyoun Ahn ’17, and Andie Alford ’17 published an article titled “Variation in Phenolic Profiles and Antioxidant Properties among Medicinal and Culinary Herbs of the LamiaceaeFamily” in the most recent issue of the Journal of Food Measurement and Characterization. Ahn and Alford grew 23 common and less-well-known Lamiaceaeplants during the SCOPE summer research program and then analyzed them for their chemistry capstone research. Niemeyer completed the project by conducting mass spectral analysis of the herbs during her spring 2019 sabbatical in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin. The research was supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Robert A. Welch Foundation, and the Herbert and Kate Dishman endowment.

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Expertise

analytical chemistry; analysis of flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds; Lamiaceae herbs; mass spectrometry; flipped classrooms; inquiry-based and active learning

Emily Niemeyer received her PhD from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1998 and her BS from Ohio Northern University in 1993.

Honors

  • Joe S. Mundy Award for Exemplary Service (2017)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Elida High School (2014)
  • Outstanding Texas Women in STEM Award from Girlstart (2013)
  • Exemplary Teaching Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (2009-2010)
  • Southwestern University Excellence in Academic Advising Award (2002-2003)
  • Emily Niemeyer received her PhD from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1998 and her BS from Ohio Northern University in 1993.

    Honors

    • Joe S. Mundy Award for Exemplary Service (2017)
    • Distinguished Alumni Award, Elida High School (2014)
    • Outstanding Texas Women in STEM Award from Girlstart (2013)
    • Exemplary Teaching Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (2009-2010)
    • Southwestern University Excellence in Academic Advising Award (2002-2003)
  • My research focuses on understanding factors affecting the production of phenolic compounds in plants. Most of our work has involved herbs within the Lamiaceae family such as basil and lemon balm. We have previously determined how macronutrient fertilization affects the phenolic content and antioxidant properties of basil. We have also quantified how plant maturity influences the development of phenolic compounds and anthocyanins in purple basil. More recently, we investigated the impact of cultivar on the chemical composition of lemon balm and have identified differences in phenolic content and antioxidant properties within medicinal and culinary plants spanning the Lamiaceae family.

  • Recent peer-reviewed publications (* denotes Southwestern University undergraduate co-author):

    • Ahn, Jiyoun;* Alford, Andie R.;* Niemeyer, Emily D. Variation in Phenolic Profiles and Antioxidant Properties among Medicinal and Culinary Herbs of the Lamiaceae Family. J. Food Meas. Charact. 2020, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11694-020-00420-5 (a view-only version of this article may be accessed here).
    • McCance, Katherine; Weston, Timothy; Niemeyer, Emily. Classroom Observations to Characterize Active Learning Within Introductory Undergraduate Science Courses. J. Coll. Sci. Teach. 2020, 49, 10-15.
    • Wenzel, Thomas J.; Niemeyer, Emily D. Instituting a Group Component to a Final Exam. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 2020, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00216-020-02471-5 (this article is open access and may be read and downloaded here).
    • Earling, Mei;* Beadle, Triston;* Niemeyer, Emily D. Açai Berry (Euterpe oleracea) Dietary Supplements: Variations in Anthocyanin and Flavonoid Concentrations, Phenolic Contents, and Antioxidant Properties. Plant Foods Hum. Nutr. 2019, 74, 421-429 (a view-only version of this article may be found here).
    • Boneza, Maxime M.;* Niemeyer, Emily D. Cultivar Affects the Phenolic Composition and Antioxidant Properties of Commercially Available Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis L.) Varieties. Ind. Crops & Prod. 2018, 112, 783-789.
    • Niemeyer, Emily D.; Zewail-Foote, Maha Investigating the Influence of Gender on Student Perceptions of the Clicker in a Small Undergraduate General Chemistry Course. J. Chem. Ed. 2018, 95, 218-223. (co-first authors)
    • McCance, Katherine R.;* Flanigan, Patrick M.;* Quick, M. Montana; Niemeyer, Emily D. Influence of Plant Maturity on Anthocyanin Concentrations, Phenolic Composition, and Antioxidant Properties of 3 Purple Basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) Cultivars. J. Food Comp. Anal. 2016, 53, 30–39.
    • Flanigan, Patrick M.;* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Effect of Cultivar on Phenolic Levels, Anthocyanin Composition, and Antioxidant Properties in Purple Basil (Ocimum basilicum L.)” Food Chem. 2014164, 518-526.
    • Niemeyer, Emily D.; Brodbelt, Jennifer S. “Regiospecificity of Human UDP-glucuronosyltransferase Isoforms in Chalcone and Flavanone Glucuronidation Determined by Metal Complexation and Tandem Mass Spectrometry” J. Nat. Prod201376, 1121-1132.

    Book Contributions

    • Niemeyer, Emily D. “The path to academia and motherhood: It takes a village” In Mom The Chemistry Professor: Personal Accounts and Advice from Chemistry Professors who are Mothers, 2nd Edition, Cole, R., Marzabadi, C., Webster, G., Woznack, K. (Eds.); Springer International Publishing: Switzerland; 2018.
  • Recent national presentations (* denotes Southwestern University undergraduate co-author):

    • Bajomo, Eunice M.;* Ford, Lucas S.;* Aing, Melanie S.* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Variations in total phenolic content and antioxidant capacity in 22 commercially available basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) cultivars” 257th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Orlando, FL, 2019
    • Ford, Lucas;* Armeriv, Andrea; Bilinski, Teresa; Niemeyer, Emily D. “Factors affecting the phenolic composition and antioxidant properties of green and purple basil: soil bacteria, herbivory, and drought stress” 257th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Orlando, FL, 2019
    • Meyer, Robert J.;* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Phenolic content and antioxidant properties of fifteen commercially available basil essential oils” 257th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Orlando, FL, 2019
    • Beadle, Triston;* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Anthocyanin concentrations, antioxidant properties, and phenolic contents among commercially available acai berry supplements” 255th American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2018
    • Ahn, Jiyoun;* Alford, Andie;* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Antioxidant properties and phenolic concentrations of herbs within the Lamiaceae family” 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA (selected for Sci-Mix poster session), 2017
    • Palmer, Cozette;* Reddy, Aubree;* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Effect of plant maturity on antioxidant properties and phenolic concentrations in green basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) cultivars” 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA (selected for Sci-Mix poster session), 2017
    • McCance, Katherine R.; Niemeyer, Emily D. “Transforming the undergraduate chemistry experience through active learning: evaluating pedagogical reforms within general and organic chemistry” 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2017
    • McCance, Katherine R.;* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Influence of plant maturity on anthocyanin levels, phenolic composition, and antioxidant properties of purple basil (Ocimum basilicum L.)” 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Denver, CO (selected for Sci-Mix poster session), 2016
    • Costello, Kathryn;* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Determination of the antioxidant properties of flavanones and flavanone glucuronide metabolites” 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Denver, CO, 2016
    • Niemeyer, Emily D. “Assessing the effectiveness of the inverted classroom in a general chemistry course” 248th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2014
    • McCance, Katherine R.;* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Influence of plant maturity on anthocyanin levels, phenolic composition, and antioxidant properties of 3 purple basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) cultivars” 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Dallas, TX (selected for Sci-Mix poster session), 2014
    • Boneza, Maxime;* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Variations in phenolic composition and antioxidant properties among lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) cultivars” 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Dallas, TX, 2014

In the News

  • 2018 Mundy Awards for Exemplary Service Honors Four Southwestern Faculty and Staff Members

    32 Southwestern staff members were also recognized for their years

    of dedicated service.

  • Students Research Antioxidant Levels in Growing Basil

    SCOPE students grow, harvest basil to analyze antioxidant properties as plant matures.