Dr. Cora J. Young

Cora completed her undergraduate and doctoral studies in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto. Under the supervision of Prof. Scott Mabury, her Ph.D. research focused on the atmospheric chemistry of polyfluorinated compounds and their role as long-lived greenhouse gases and sources of persistent compounds to the environment. She then went on to a postdoctoral position in Boulder, CO with Dr. Steven Brown at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado. There, she used novel, state-of-the-science instruments to measure reactive atmospheric trace gases and determine their impact on the oxidative potential of the atmosphere. Cora was an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Memorial University from 2012 to 2017. She joined the Department of Chemistry at York University in July of 2017 as the Guy Warwick Rogers Chair in Chemistry.


  • 2010-2012 NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Colorado/NOAA
  • 2009 Ph.D. Environmental Chemistry, University of Toronto
  • 2004 B.Sc.(Hon.) Chemistry, University of Toronto



Selected Awards

  • Colorado Governor’s Award for High‐Impact Research (team award for research into the atmospheric effects of oil and gas), 2014
  • Chemist Travel Award (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry), 2012
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)), 2010-2012
  • Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists (ACCESS) selected attendee (Gordon Research Conference), 2009
  • Outstanding Student Paper Presentation (American Geophysical Union Joint Assembly), 2009
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (Government of Ontario), 2008-2009
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship (NSERC), 2006-2008
  • Chemistry Teaching Fellowship (Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto), 2006
  • Post Graduate Scholarship (NSERC), 2004-2006
  • Undergraduate Summer Research Award (NSERC), 2002, 2003