Emily Niemeyer

Notable Achievements

Professor of Chemistry Emily Niemeyer and Maxime Boneza ’16 published an article titled “Cultivar Affects the Phenolic Composition and Antioxidant Properties of Commercially Available Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalisL.) Varieties” in the journal Industrial Crops and Products. The article is based on Boneza’s chemistry capstone project. The research was supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Welch Foundation, and Southwestern’s Faculty–Student Projects Fund.

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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. Currently, we are identifying 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)

    • 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):

    • 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 Award Winners and Staff Recognition Recipients
    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.

  • Cozette Palmer, Class of 2017, works closely researching basil with Professor of Chemistry Emily Niemeyer.
    Students Research Antioxidant Levels in Growing Basil

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