John Terhorst, Ph.D.
John is a professor at Vanguard University of Southern California and teaches general, organic, and physical organic chemistry. His interests are in undergraduate education and research, organic and physical organic chemistry, and chemical theory. His undergraduate research projects involve computational chemistry and medicinal chemistry (drug design) within the scope of quantum mechanical (QM) and molecular mechanical (MM) techniques.

In 2011, John completed a Ph.D. in computational chemistry in the Jorgensen Research Group at Yale University. His dissertation focused on the use of continuum solvent models in free-energy calculations of binding affinities for the development of therapeutic agents targeting infectious, inflammatory, and hyperproliferative diseases. His interests are in undergraduate education and research, organic and physical organic chemistry, and chemical theory.

In 2009, John was awarded the Dox Research Fellowship by Yale University for excellence in academics and research. John received his Masters of Science degree in chemistry from Yale University in 2008.

John received two Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Redlands in 2006, one in biology and the other in chemistry. As an undergraduate, he spent three summers as a Stauffer Science Center Research Fellow where he worked in theoretical physical chemistry under the direction of Professor Teri Longin and in synthetic organic chemistry under the direction of Professor David Soulsby.

John has eleven years of experience in instruction of chemistry, including general and organic chemistry lecture and lab courses, as a professsor, teaching fellow, teacher's assistant, and individual tutor. You can find his tutoring profile since 2012 at WyzAnt.

In his spare time, John plays jazz saxophone and piano, volunteers for the TWiT network, and enjoys honing his skills as an amateur photographer. He has played lead alto and soprano saxophone for the Cerritos College, Long Beach City College, and University of Redlands jazz bands. In the last fifteen years, John has studied under the direction of Rusty Higgins, Gary Pack, Bob Grieve, Professor Wayne Brasheer, Professor Dan Murphy, and Professor Donavon Gray, and has appeared in concert with such notable jazz names as Francisco Torres, Sal Cracchiolo, and Poncho Sanchez.

In November, 2002, John appeared on CBS's The Price is Right and won the Showcase Showdown, representing the University of Redlands and taking home over $48,000 worth of prizes.