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Christina Young, Ph.D., is a Technical Advisor on King & Spalding’s Intellectual Property team as well as a Consultant in King & Spalding’s FDA and Life Sciences practice.  Dr. Young holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology and leverages her unique interdisciplinary background to provide technical support for all aspects of patent litigation matters. Her research combined aspects of chemistry, physics, and electrical engineering and specifically focused on the practical application of and fabrication, modeling, and characterization of quantum cascade lasers (QCL), a novel type of semiconductor injection laser. Dr. Young’s experience in semiconductor physics is augmented by a brief tenure as an Application Scientist at Princeton University in Dr. Claire Gmachl’s electrical engineering laboratory where she co-invented and published a novel method to optically tune QCL emission resulting in enhanced chemical sensor sensitivity and selectivity (App. Phys. Let., 94, 091109 (2009)).

Dr. Young also has substantial experience in the FDA’s premarket process for tobacco products (e.g., SE, SE exemptions, PMTAs, and MRTPAs), as well as strategies for stakeholder engagement with the Agency. Before joining King & Spalding in 2016, Dr. Young worked at FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) where she was appointed as the second chemistry reviewer in CTP’s history in 2010. Among her accomplishments at CTP, she was recognized for her impact in the development of CTP’s first external (e.g. Rules and Guidances) and internal (e.g. Reviewer Guides and Templates) policies; senior scientific review of tobacco product applications across all major stakeholders; and development of ORA’s first tobacco compliance laboratory in Atlanta, GA. 

Prior to Dr. Young’s experience in tobacco products, she developed scientific solutions to address regulatory needs for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Corporation and ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, including the invention and characterization of novel FT-IR and QCL-based chemical sensors for trace quantification of carcinogens in air.

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Ph.D. Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology

B.S. Chemistry, University of South Carolina

Credentials

Ph.D. Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology

B.S. Chemistry, University of South Carolina