Kevin Dale Young
  • Microbiology and Immunology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA
Research focus
  • Microbiology
Personal information

Ph.D. in Microbiology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, 1985

Current Position

Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA 72205-7199

Publications (since 2005)

  1. Potluri, L. P., Kannan, S. and Young, K. D. (2012). ZipA is required for FtsZ-dependent preseptal peptidoglycan synthesis prior to invagination during cell division. J Bacteriol 194(19): 5334-5342.
  2. Li, G. and Young, K. D. (2012). Isolation and identification of new inner membrane-associated proteins that localize to cell poles in Escherichia coli. Mol Microbiol 84(2): 276-295.
  3. Potluri, L. P., de Pedro, M. A. and Young, K. D. (2012). Escherichia coli low-molecular-weight penicillin-binding proteins help orient septal FtsZ, and their absence leads to asymmetric cell division and branching. Mol Microbiol 84(2): 203-224.
  4. Kevin D. Young (2012). The ship that lead to shape. In: S. Maloy and R. Kolter (eds), Microbes and Evolution: The World That Darwin Never Saw, American Society for Microbiology, Chapter 36, pp 263-268.
  5. Kevin D. Young (2011). Peptidoglycan. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (ELS), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester,, 17 Oct 2011. DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0000702.pub2
  6. Potluri, L., Karczmarek, A., Verheul, J., Piette, A., Wilkin, J. M., Werth, N., Banzhaf, M., Vollmer, W., Young, K. D., Nguyen-Disteche, M. and den Blaauwen, T. (2010). Septal and lateral wall localization of PBP5, the major D,D-carboxypeptidase of Escherichia coli, requires substrate recognition and membrane attachment. Mol Microbiol 77(2): 300-323.
  7. Chowdhury, C., Nayak, T. R., Young, K. D. and Ghosh, A. S. (2010). A weak DD-carboxypeptidase activity explains the inability of PBP 6 to substitute for PBP 5 in maintaining normal cell shape in Escherichia coli. FEMS Microbiol Lett 303(1): 76-83.
  8. Young, K. D. (2010). Bacterial shape: two-dimensional questions and possibilities. Annu Rev Microbiol 64: 223-240.
  9. Kevin D. Young (2010). Bacterial Cell Wall. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (ELS), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester,, DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0000297.pub2
  10. Varma, A. and Young, K. D. (2009). In Escherichia coli, MreB and FtsZ direct the synthesis of lateral cell wall via independent pathways that require PBP 2. J Bacteriol 191(11): 3526-3533.
  11. Varma, A., Huang, K. C. and Young, K. D. (2008). The Min system as a general cell geometry detection mechanism: branch lengths in Y-shaped Escherichia coli cells affect Min oscillation patterns and division dynamics. J Bacteriol 190(6): 2106-2117.
  12. Varma, A., de Pedro, M. A. and Young, K. D. (2007). FtsZ directs a second mode of peptidoglycan synthesis in Escherichia coli. J Bacteriol 189(15): 5692-5704.
  13. Priyadarshini, R., de Pedro, M. A. and Young, K. D. (2007). Role of peptidoglycan amidases in the development and morphology of the division septum in Escherichia coli. J Bacteriol 189(14): 5334-5347.
  14. Young, K. D. (2007). Bacterial morphology: why have different shapes? Curr Opin Microbiol 10(6): 596-600.
  15. Ghosh, A. S., Melquist, A. L. and Young, K. D. (2006). Loss of O-antigen increases cell shape abnormalities in penicillin-binding protein mutants of Escherichia coli. FEMS Microbiol Lett 263(2): 252-257.
  16. Priyadarshini, R., Popham, D. L. and Young, K. D. (2006). Daughter cell separation by penicillin-binding proteins and peptidoglycan amidases in Escherichia coli. J Bacteriol 188(15): 5345-5355.
  17. Young, K. D. (2006). The selective value of bacterial shape. Microbiol Mol Biol Rev 70(3): 660-703.
  18. Gallant, C. V., Daniels, C., Leung, J. M., Ghosh, A. S., Young, K. D., Kotra, L. P. and Burrows, L. L. (2005). Common beta-lactamases inhibit bacterial biofilm formation. Mol Microbiol 58(4): 1012-1024.
  19. Ghosh, A. S. and Young, K. D. (2005). Helical disposition of proteins and lipopolysaccharide in the outer membrane of Escherichia coli. J Bacteriol 187(6): 1913-1922.
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