John Terhorst, Ph.D.



Dr. Terhorst is a professor at

Vanguard University of Southern California

where he teaches general and organic chemistry and spectroscopy.

His interests are in the areas of undergraduate education and research,

organic and physical organic chemistry, and chemical theory.

His undergraduate research projects involve

computational chemistry and pharmaceutical design

within the scope of quantum mechanical (QM) and

molecular mechanical (MM) techniques.


In 2011, Dr. Terhorst 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.


Dr. Terhorst has 15 years of experience in instruction of chemistry,

including general and organic chemistry lecture and lab courses,

as a professor, teaching fellow, teacher's assistant, and private tutor.

You can find his tutoring profile since 2012 at WyzAnt.


Dr. Terhorst is a proud recipient of a

Canine Companions for Independence service dog.

His dog, a yellow Labrador retriever named Yan, has been helping him

at home and in the classroom since 2015.


In November, 2002, Dr. Terhorst 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.


Download a PDF of Dr. Terhorst's CV here.


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