Dr. John K. Young is a Professor in the Chemistry Department at CBU.


  • Mississippi State University, Ph.D. 1994
  • Hendrix College, BA 1987

Courses Taught

  • Chem 101: Introduction to College Chemistry

    This course is designed for students who are unprepared to begin the study of chemical principles. Emphasis is on elements and their symbols, names and formulas of compounds, valences, balancing equations, stoichiometry, and the algebra required for proficiency in chemistry. This course does not supply any portion of the science credits required in any CBU degree program.

  • Chem 113: Principles of Chemistry I

    This is the first-semester chemistry course for all students of science and chemical engineering. Topics include matter, measurements, atoms, molecules, ions, use of formulas and equations, thermochemistry, gases, electronic structure, the periodic table, covalent bonding, molecular structure, liquids and solids, and solutions.

  • Chem 113L: Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory

    This course is designed to illustrate and explain the principles covered in CHEM 113.

  • Chem 114: Principles of Chemistry II

    This is the second-semester chemistry course for students of science and chemical engineering. Topics include chemical equilibrium, precipitations, acids and bases, chemical thermodynamics and kinetics, oxidation and reduction, electrochemistry, and nuclear reactions.

  • Chem 114L: Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory

    This course is designed to illustrate and explain the principles covered in CHEM 114.

  • Chem 211: Organic Chemistry I

    This course uses both a mechanistic and functional-group approach to introduce organic concepts. Topics include bonding, functional groups, stereochemistry, acids and bases, and conformations. Mechanisms covered include electrophilic addition, SN2, SN1, E1, E2 and radical reactions. This course deals with compounds from the aliphatic series.

  • Chem 211L

    Organic Chemistry I Laboratory: This course is designed to teach the student the techniques of organic chemistry as well as to carry out reactions discussed in class. Some of the techniques presented are distillation, recrystallization, and extraction. The experiments will teach the proper methods of carrying out reactions.

  • Chem 214: Quantitative Analysis

    A course which covers analytical principles and sources of error, principles of volumetric and gravimetric analysis, electrogravimetry, potentiometric titrations, and spectrophotometric analysis.

  • Chem 214LQuantitative Analysis Laboratory:

    Laboratory to accompany CHEM 214.

  • Chem 342: Physical Biochemistry

    Studies of the physical properties of biological molecules.

  • Chem 415: Analytical Chemistry

    This course is oriented toward the study and use of instruments in chemical analysis and research. Theory and its application to instrumental methods of analysis are covered, including basic electronics, spectrophotometry, electrochemical analysis, and chromatography. Three one-hour lectures per week.

  • Chem 415L: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

    Experiments dealing with basic electronics, optical spectrophotometry, non-optical spectrometry, electrochemical analysis, and chromatography are performed.

Publications and Research Focus

  • Research Interest
    Computational methods to determine structures and stabilities of compounds.

    1. Young, J.K.; Clayton, B.T.; Kikonyogo, A.; Pham T.C.; Parrill A.L. “Structural Characterization of an LPA1 Second Extracellular Loop Mimetic with a Self-Assembling Coiled-Coil Folding Constraint” Int J Mol Sci. 2013, 14, 2788-807
    2. Chen, Y.; Simmonds, R.S.; Young, J.K.; Timkovich, R. “Solution structure of the recombinant target recognition domain of zoocin A.” Proteins, 2013, 81, 722-727

    * 3. Arezue F. B. Boroujerdi and John K. Young “NMR derived folate-bound structure of dihydrofolate reductase 1 from the halophile Haloferax volcanii”, Biopolymers, 2009, 91, 140-144.
    4. Perrine, S.A.; Beard, D.J.; Young, J.K.; and Simmons, M.A. “The role of the N-terminal and mid-region residues of substance P in regulating functional selectivity at the tachykinin NK1 receptor,” European Journal of Pharmacology, 2008, 592, 1-6.
    5. Beard, D.J.; Perrine, S.A.; Phillips, E.; Hoque, S.; Conerly, S.; Tichenor, C.; Simmons, M.A.; Young, J.K. “Conformational Comparisons of a Series of Tachykinin Peptide Analogs” J. Med. Chem. 2007, 50, 6501–6506.
    6. Boroujerdi, A. F. B.; Binbuha, B; Young, J. K “NMR assignments of the binary hvDHFR1:folate complex” Biomolecular NMR Assignments. 2007, 1, 139-141.
    7. Binbuha, B.; Boroujerdi, A. F. B.; Young, J. K. “Structure in an Extreme Environment: NMR at High Salt” Protein Science. 2007, 16, 1783-1787.
    8. Voehler, M.; Collier, G.; Young, J.K.; Stone, M.P.; Germann, M.W. “Preformance of Cryogenic Probes as a function of Ionic Strength and sample tube geometry” J. Mag. Resonance. 2006, 183, 102-109.
    9. Binbuga, B, and Young, J.K. “Letter to the Editor: 1H, 13C and 15N backbone and side chain resonance assignments of Haloferax volcanii DHFR1” J. Biomol. NMR. 2005, 33, 281.
    10. Kim, H.J.; Young, J.K.; Helms, G.L.; Evans, J.N.S. “1H, 13C, and 15N backbone assignments of the C-terminal domain of 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase” J. Biomol. NMR. 2002, 24, 269-270.
    11. Stauffer, M.E.; Young, J.K.; Helms, G.L.; Evans. J.N.S. “Chemical shift mapping of shikimate-3-phosphate binding to the isolated N-terminal domain of 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase” FEBS Lett. 2001, 15, 182-186.
    12. Stauffer, M.E.; Young, J.K.; Helms, G.L.; Evans, J.N.S. “Sequential assignments of the isolated N-terminal domain of 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase” J. Biomol. NMR. 2001, 20, 387-388.
    13. Stauffer, M.E.; Young, J.K.; Evans, J.N.S. “Shikimate-3-phosphate Binds to the Isolated N-Terminal Domain of 5-Enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate Synthase” Biochemistry. 2001, 40, 3951-3957.
    14. Young, J.K.; Li, D.; Abramowitz, M.C.; Morrison, T.G. “Interaction of Peptides with Sequences from the Newcastle Disease Virus Fusion Protein Heptad Repeat Regions” Journal of Virology. 1999, 73, 5945-5956.
    15. Young, J.K.; Hicks, R.P.; Wright, G.E.; Morrison, T.G. “The Role of Leucine Residues in the Structure of as Leucine-Zipper Peptide Inhibitor of Paramyxovirus (NDV) Fusion” Virology. 1998, 243, 21-31.
    16. Whitehead, T.L.; McNair, S. D.; Hadden, C. E.; Young, J.K.; Hicks, R.P. “Membrane Induced Secondary Structures of Neuropeptides: A Compassion of the Solution Conformations Adopted by Agonist and Antagonist of the Mammalian Tackikinin NK1 Receptor” J. Med. Chem. 1998, 41, 1497-1506
    17. Young, J.K.; Hicks, R.P.; Wright, G.E.; Morrison, T.G. “Analysis of a Peptide Inhibitor of Paramyxovirus (NDV) Fusion using Biological Assays, NMR, and Molecular Modeling” Virology. 1997, 238, 291-304.
    18. Young, J.K.; Mari, F.; Clemente, N.; Humphreys, R.E.; Wright, G.E. “Structural Studies by 1H NMR of Analogs of the Prototypic -Helical Peptide (LYQELQKLTQTLK) and Homologs in Trifluoroethanol/Water and on Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate Micelles” Journal of Peptide Research. 1997, 50, 122-131
    * 19. Burstein, S.H.; Young, J.K.; Wright, G.E. “Relationship Between Eicosanoids and Cannabinoids” Biochemical Pharmacology. 1995, 50, 1735-1742.
    20. Young, J.K.; Anklin, C.; Hicks, R.P. “NMR and Molecular Modeling Investigations of the Neuropeptide Substance P in the Presence of 15mM Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate Micelles” Biopolymers. 1994, 34, 1449-1462.
    21. Young, J.K.; Hicks, R.P. “NMR and Molecular Modeling Investigations of the Neuropeptide Bradykinin in Three Different Solvent Systems: DMSO, 9:1 Dioxane/Water, and in the Presence of 7.4 mM Lyso Phosphatidycholine Micelles” Biopolymers. 1994, 34, 611-623.
    22. Hicks, R.P.; Young, J.K.; Moskau, D. “Magnetization Transfer via Isotropic Mixing: An Introduction to the HOHAHA Experiment” Concepts in Magnetic Resonance. 1994, 6, 115-130.
    23. Young, J.K.; Graham, W.H.; Beard, D.J.; Hicks, R.P. “The Use of UV-Visible Spectroscopy for the Determination of Hydrophobic Interactions Between Neuropeptides and Membrane Model Systems” Biopolymers. 1992, 32, 1061-1064.
    24. Hicks, R.P.; Beard, D.J.; Young, J.K. “The Interactions of Neuropeptides with Membrane Model Systems: A Case Study” Biopolymers. 1992, 32, 85-96.