J. Ricky Cox, Ph.D.
Anna S. Brown and Ruth B. Logan Endowed Chair
 Professor of Chemistry
Murray State University



Recent Awards/Appointments:

Member, Editorial Board for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2014-present)

Murray State University Distinguished Professor (2011)

Max Carman Outstanding Teacher Award (2011)

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Kentucky Professor of the Year (2008)

Dr. Karl F. Hussung Professorship in Chemistry Award (2008-2009 and 2014-2015)

Kentucky Academy of Science Superlative Award: Outstanding College or University Teacher (2007)

MSU Board of Regents Award for Teaching Excellence (College of Science, Engineering and Technology, 2005)

Publications: Click HERE for list.

Recent Publications:

Improving the science communication skills of undergraduates...HERE

ESPN's "Around the Horn" inspired a new activity to improve the communication and listening skills of biochemistry students...HERE

Mining the Protein Data Bank and quantum-mechanical calculations have revealed geometrical and energetic considerations concerning Tyrosine/Adenine Stacking Interactions in Proteins...HERE

Research and Research Lab:

Sam Pellock completed his Honor's Thesis entitled "The Nature of pi-pi Interactions in Tyrosine/Adenine Complexes."  He was Outstanding Senior Man at the May 2014 commencement ceremony and will be pursuing his Ph.D.  in the Biological and Biomedical Science Program at the University of North Carolina.  Sam was a co-author on two of the papers mentioned in the above section.

Hunter York holds the Hattie Mayme Ross Graduate Scholarship and his research involves experimental and computational approaches to investigating the active site and interaction network of enzymes involved in antibiotic resistance.

Lab Alumnus:  Tera Rica Murdock named one of Nashville's Top 30 Under 30 Professionals (HERE)

Coming Soon:  My collaboration with Baskhaus Radio Group

Click HERE to visit the SciComm Page!


Department of Chemistry
Murray State University
1240 Jones Hall
Murray, KY 42071-3346
Phone: 270-809-6543
FAX:   270-809-6474


This site was created by Ricky Cox in the Department of Chemistry