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Benjamin M. Brandsen, PhD

Assistant Professor


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Benjamin M. Brandsen, PhD

Assistant Professor

Ben Brandsen is an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at Creighton University. He earned the B.S. in Biochemistry from Calvin College in 2010, and the Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. He was an NIH postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington before coming to Creighton in 2019.


Chemistry and Biochemistry


Assistant Professor


  • Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
    Yao, T.; Przybyla, J. J.; Yeh, P.; Woodard, A. M.; Nilsson, H. J.; Brandsen, B. M.; Silverman, S. K. “DNAzymes for Amine and Peptide Lysine Acylation”, Org. Biomol. Chem. 2021, 19, 171-181. 2021
  • ACS Synthetic Biology
    Brandsen, B. M.; Mattheisen, J. M.; Noel, T.; Fields, S. A biosensor strategy for E. coli based on ligand-dependent stabilization, ACS Synth. Biol. 2018, 7, 19901999. 2018
  • Journal of the American Chemical Society
    Lee, Y.; Klauser, P. J.; Brandsen, B. M.; Zhou, C.; Li, X.; Silverman, S. K. 'DNA-Catalyzed DNA Cleavage by a Radical Pathway with Well-Defined Products', J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 255261. 2017
  • Chemical Communications
    Hesser, A. R.; Brandsen, B. M.; Walsh, S. M.; Wang, P.; Silverman, S. K. DNA-Catalyzed Glycosylation Using Aryl Glycoside Donors, Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 92599262. 2016
  • Journal of the American Chemical Society
    Zhou, C.; Avins, J. L.; Klauser, P. C.; Brandsen, B. M.; Lee, Y.; Silverman, S. K. DNA-Catalyzed Amide Hydrolysis, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 21062109. 2016
  • Angewandte Chemie International Edition
    Brandsen, B. M.; Velez, T. E.; Sachdeva, A.; Ibrahim, N. A.; Silverman, S. K. “DNA-Catalyzed Lysine Side Chain Modification”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 9045–9050. 2014
  • Journal of the American Chemical Society
    Brandsen, B. M.; Hesser, A. R.; Castner, M. A.; Chandra, M.; Silverman, S. K. “DNA-Catalyzed Hydrolysis of Esters and Aromatic Amides”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 16014–16017. 2013
  • Organic Letters
    Tasker, S. Z.; Brandsen, B. M.; Ryu, K. A.; Snapper, G. S.; Staples, R. J.; DeKock, R. L.; Anderson, C. E. “Synthesis of a New Class of b-Iodo N-Alkenyl 2-Pyridones”, Org. Lett. 2011, 13, 6224–6227. 2011
  • Theoretical Chemistry Accounts
    DeKock, R. L. Brandsen, B. M.; Strikwerda, J. R. Theoretical Study of Formation of Ion Pairs in (NH3HCl)(H2O)6 and (NH3HF)(H2O)6, Theor. Chem. Acc. 2011, 130, 871-881. 2011
  • Journal of Chemical Education
    DeKock, R. L.; Schipper, L. A.; Dykhouse, S. C.; Heeringa, L. P.; Brandsen, B. M., Ion Pairs or Neutral Molecule Adducts? Cooperativity in Hydrogen Bonding, J. Chem. Educ. 2009, 86, 1459 1464. 2009


  • McCollum, C. M.; Manse, A. M.; Brandsen, B. M.* An Engineered Biosensor for the Herbicide Dicamba." University Research Week 2021
  • Johnson, K. S.; Hills, E. H.; Brandsen. B. M.* Production of highly diverse lasso peptides from a single biosynthetic pathway." University Research Week 2021
  • Woodward, T. J.; Hills, E. M.; Fields, S.; Brandsen, B. M.* The Antibiotic Activity of the Lasso Peptide Klebsidin and its Variants." University Research Week 2021