Thompson Rivers University

Bruno Cinel

Name: Dr. Bruno Cinel
Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 250 371-5969


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My general interests include landscaping, watching movies, playing volleyball, and growing figs, lemons, and tomatoes all together with my family.

Research Interests

My research interests include science and chemical education with a focus on the use of remote instrumentation for laboratory and classroom activities and the assessment of laboratory learning outcomes. Since 2006, I have been a co-Director of the BC-Integrated Laboratory Network (BC-ILN) together with Dr. Sharon Brewer, developing cyber-enabled instrumentation and resources for instructors anywhere in the world.
I am also involved in natural products chemistry research using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR) for structural determination and chemical analysis. I have investigated biologically-active metabolites from a diverse collection of sources including marine sponges, terrestrial plants, microorganisms, beef, and dairy products.


B.Sc. Biochemistry (SFU)
Ph.D. Marine Natural Products Chemistry (UBC)


Prema, D.; Jensen, J.; Pilfold, J.L.; Turner, T.D.; Donkor, K.K.; *Cinel, B.; Church, J.S. "Rapid determination of n-6 and n-3 fatty acid ratios in cereal grains and forages by 1H NMR Spectroscopy." Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 2016, DOI: 10.1139/CJPS-2015-0302.

*Erasmus, D.J.; Brewer, S.E.; Cinel, B. "Integrating Bio-inorganic and Analytical Chemistry into an Undergraduate Biochemistry Laboratory." Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2015, 43(2), 121-125. DOI: 10.1002/bmb.20865

Prema, D.; Turner, T.D.; Jensen, J.; Pilfold, J.L.; Church, J.S.; Donkor, K.K.; *Cinel, B. "Rapid Determination of Total Conjugated Linoleic Acid Concentrations in Beef by 1H NMR Spectroscopy." Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 2015, 41, 54-57. DOI: 10.1016/j.jfca.2014.12.017

*Erasmus, D.J.; Brewer, S.E.; Cinel, B. "Assessing the Engagement, Learning, and Overall Experience of Students Operating an Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer with Remote Access Technology." Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2015, 43(1), 6-12. DOI: 10.1002/bmb.20838

Prema, D.; Pilfold, J.L.; Krauchi, J.; Church, J.S.; Donkor, K.K.; *Cinel, B. "Rapid Determination of Total Conjugated Linoleic Acid Content in Select Canadian Cheeses by 1H NMR Spectroscopy." Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, 2013, 61(41), 9915-9921.

*Brewer, S.E.; *Cinel, B.; Harrison, M.; Mohr, C.L. "Development and Transfer Credit Acceptance of First Year Chemistry Laboratory Courses for Distance Learners." The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013, 14(3), 488-507.

*Brewer, S.E.; *Cinel, B. "The BC-ILN Project: Results." In Moving the Lab Online: Situating the Online Laboratory Learning Experience for Future Success; Cancilla, Devon A.; Albon, Simon, Eds.; The Sloan Consortium, Inc.: Newburyport, MA, 2010.

Sturgeon, C.M.; Cinel, B.; Diaz-Marrero, A.R.; McHardy, L.M.; Ngo, M.; Andersen, R.J.; *Roberge, M. "Abrogation of ionizing radiation-induced G2 checkpoint and inhibition of nuclear export by Cryptocarya pyrones." Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology, 2008, 61, 407-413. DOI 10.1007/s00280-007-0483-y

Employment History

Associate Professor, Thompson Rivers University, 2014-present
Assistant Professor, Thompson Rivers University, 2002-2013
Instructor, Capilano College, 2001-2002

Courses Taught

First year: General Chemistry (CHEM 1500)
Second year: Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 (CHEM 2120/2220)
Third year: Advanced Organic Lecture/Lab (CHEM 3220/3240), Organic Spectroscopy (CHEM 3230)
Fourth year: Selected Topics in Organic Chem. (CHEM 4220), Advanced Organic Chem. Lab (CHEM 4420), Advanced Chemical Biology Lab (CHEM 4450), Directed Studies in Chemistry (CHEM 4480), Chemical Biology Honours (CHEM 4990)


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