Dr. Crystal Young-Erdos

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences 087


Dr. Young-Erdos earned her B.A. in Chemistry and Spanish from Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. After doing research at both the University of Michigan and the Scripps Research Institute in Florida, Dr. Young-Erdos received her Ph.D. in Chemistry with a focus in Chemical Biology from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Crystal Young-Erdos

Dr. Young-Erdos comes most recently from the College of Wooster, where she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in both Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for two years.  

Dr. Young-Erdos’s research program focuses on studying the assembly of the ribosome, the biological machinery that is required for protein synthesis in all cells. She specifically studies an RNA helicase that is required for assembly of the large 60S subunit in eukaryotes and uses Baker’s yeast as her model organism. To answer her research questions, Dr. Young-Erdos’s lab uses a combination of biochemistry, molecular biology and yeast genetics.

This year Dr. Young-Erdos is teaching Biochemistry I and II (lecture and lab), Organic Chemistry I (lab) and Organic Chemistry II (lecture and lab). This Winter term, she will also be teaching a course on the Science of Diet and Nutrition.  

Recent Publications

Young, C.L.; Khoshnevis, S.; Karbstein, K. Cofactor-dependent specificity of a DEAD-box protein. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2013, 110, 2668-76.

Strunk, B.S.; Novak, M.N.; Young, C.L.; Karbstein, K. A translation-like cycle is a quality control checkpoint for maturing 40S ribosome subunits.  Cell. 2012,150, 111-21.    

Young, C.L.; Karbstein, K. Analysis of co-factor effects on RNA helicases.  Methods Enzymol. 2012, 511, 213-237.

Young, C.L.; Karbstein, K. The roles of S1 RNA-binding domains in Rrp5’s interactions with pre-rRNA.  RNA. 2011, 17, 512-521.