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Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Atmospheric Sciences – CHEMISTRY
College of Science, Engineering, and Technology


Chemistry is the study of how matter behaves at its most basic level. The central science, chemistry, is involved in everything that we do. Its applications stretch across all areas of life, including medicine, engineering and agriculture.

Ken S. Lee


  1400 J. R. Lynch Street, P.O. Box 17910
Jackson, MS 39217-0510



Physical location:
John A. People's Building Room 538

Tel: (601) 979-3482
Fax: (601) 979-3674


General Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Organic Structure Determination
Physical Organic Chemistry

Research Interests:

Organic/Natural Product Chemistry: Organic Synthesis of Structure Modified Natural Products like Agmatine and Berberine; Development of Analytical Methods for Sugars in the Acid-Hydrolysates

Selected publications (Click here for full list)

  1. Luo, Xuan; Jiang, Yan; Fronczek, Frank R.; Lin, Cuiwu; Izevbigie, Ernest B.; Lee, Ken S. Isolation and structure determination of a sesquiterpene lactone (vernodalinol) from Vernonia amygdalina extracts , Pharmaceutical Biology, 49(5), 464-470, 2011.
  2. Luo, Xuan; Oyugi, Daniel A.; Lin, Cuiwu; Izevbigie, Ernest B.; Lee, Ken S. , Isolation and characterization of the antibreast carcinoma cell growth components of Vernonia amygdalina extracts , Experimental Biology and Medicine, 235(12), 1472-1478, 2010.
  3. Daniel Oyugi, Xuan Luo, Ken S. Lee, Brandon Hill, and Ernest Izevbigie, “Activity Markers of the Anti-Breast Carcinoma Cell Growth Fractins of Vernonia amygdamina Extracts”, Experimental Biology and Medicine, 2009. 204, 410-417.
  4. P. Wang, X. Hu, S. Cook, M. Begonia, K. Lee, H. Hwang, “Effect of culture conditions on the production of ligninolytic enzymes by white rot fungi Phanerochaete chrysosporium (ATCC 20696) and separation of its lignin peroxidase”, World J. Microbiol Biotechnol, 2008, 24, 2205-2212.
  5.  Peng Wang, Xiaoke Hu, Sean Cook, Maria Begonia, Ken Lee, and Huey-Min Hwang, “Effects of Culture Condition on the Production of Ligninolytic Enzymes by White Rot Fungi Phanerochaete chrysosporium (ATCC 20696) and Separation of its Lignin Peroxidase” World J. Microbiol. Biotechnol., 24(10), 2003-2009, 2008.
  6. Ernest Izevbigie, Carolyn B. Howard, and Ken S. Lee, “V. Amygdalina: Folk Medicine, Analysis, and Potential Application for Cancer Treatment”,  Curr. Pharm. Anal., 2008, 4(1), 20-24.
  7. Gao, Jun; Zhang, Yi; Ntoni, Jennifer; Begonia, Maria F. T.; Lee, Ken S.; Hicks, Lenore; Hwang, Wayne W.; Hwang, Huey-Min.   Effects of selected by-products of an acid hydrolyzate on cell growth and ethanol fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae.  Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences (2006), 51(2), 220-230.
  8. M. J. Huang, Ken S. Lee and S. J. Hurley, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectral Analysis and Molecular Properties of Berberine Int. J. Quant. Chem., 2005, 105(4), 396-409.
  9. Ming-Ju Huang and Ken S. Lee, 1H and 13C NMR chemical shift assignments of agmatine analogues, (3-aminopropyl)guanidine and (trans-4-aminocyclohexyl)guanidine, Mol. Phys., 2005, 103(156-16), 2229-2237.
  10. John E. Piletz, Ming-Ju Huang and Kenneth S. Lee, Mammalian Agmatinase Inhibitory Substance, US Patent  Appl. Publ. 2005, 19pp. Patent No. US 2005220707, Oct. 6, 2005



Important Dates

CSET Scholars Academy

Community Engagement


For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-7012.  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.



Jackson State University
Department of Chemistry
1325 J. R. Lynch St.
P.O. Box 17910
Jackson, MS 39217-0510


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