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Crystal L. Young-Erdos

Crystal L. Young-Erdos

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department/Affiliation: Chemistry, BCMB
Phone: 330-287-1973
Office Address: 213 Severance


  • B.A., Chemistry and Spanish, Washington and Jefferson College, 2006
  • M.Sc., Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2008
  • Ph.D., Chemical Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2012

Area of Research

  • Yeast genetics and protein biochemistry approaches to understanding the roles of DEAD-box proteins (a type of RNA helicase) in assembly of the eukaryotic ribosome

Courses Taught

  • BCMB 303: Techniques in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • BCMB 331: Principles of Biochemistry
  • BCMB 332: Biochemistry of Metabolism
  • BCMB 451 and 452: Senior Independent Study

Awards & Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society
  • RNA Society


  • C. L. Young and K. Karbstein; “Co-factor Dependent Specificity of a DEAD-box Protein.” 2012. submitted.
  • B. S. Strunk; M. N. Novak; C. L. Young and K. Karbstein; “A Translation-Like Cycle is a Quality Control Checkpoint for Maturing 40S Ribosome Subunits.” Cell, 2012, 150(1), 111-121.
  • C. L. Young and K. Karbstein; “Analysis of Cofactor Effects on RNA Helicases.” Methods in Enzymology, 2012, 511, 213-37.
  • C. L. Young and K. Karbstein; “The Roles of S1 RNA-binding Domains in Rrp5’s Interactions with pre-rRNA.” RNA, 2011, 17, 512-521.