Scientific Advisory Council

The Young Living Essential Oils Scientific Advisory Council provides valuable insight into the development of our pioneering essential oils and oil-infused products. This professional organisation comprises prominent scientific professionals from around the globe, uniting years of experience in natural products. The council’s unmatched leadership, expertise, and passion for essential oil innovation is redefining the way the world thinks about wellness.
Thank you for visiting the Young Living Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) page. As the world leader in essential oil research and development, we are constantly expanding and diversifying this esteemed group.

Richard Carlson, PhD


Dr. Carlson holds a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He brings three decades of experience in the field of analytical chemistry to his role as Senior Director of Research and Analytical Sciences for Young Living.

Dr. Carlson leads the team responsible for scientific research for Young Living, including the development of analytical test methods that determine the authenticity of essential oils. As part of Young Living’s Seed to Seal® program, Dr. Carlson’s team analyses more than 1,000 essential oil samples annually.
Dr. Carlson’s commitment to hard work began at the age of 10, when he started helping at his family’s turkey farm. After discovering his love for chemistry, he obtained a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and PhD in the field. His studies focused on analytical chemistry, including sample preparation, chromatography, and mass spectrometry. Before joining Young Living, Dr. Carlson worked as a staff chemist at ThermoFisher Scientific.

In addition to having a passion for chemistry, Dr. Carlson enjoys travel, baseball, and music—especially listening to live performances. He also loves cooking for his family.
Of all the Young Living products Dr. Carlson interacts with daily, his personal favourite products to use are Peppermint and Sacred Sandalwood essential oils.

Clell M. Fowles


A recognised expert in the fields of prescription medications and natural remedies, pharmacist Clell Fowles is a graduate of Utah State University with degrees in history and sociology and of the University of Utah in pharmacy and medicinal chemistry. Clell has used and studied natural products for his entire professional career and serves as Young Living’s manager of product safety.

He is the author of two books: Drugs and Natural Alternatives and Drugs and Nutrient Depletion.

Dr. George Atkinson

Dr. George Atkinson’s career in science spans many arenas including Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona; duties as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of a small high technology company focused on laser-based sensors; President of The Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society; as well as Assistant Secretary of State and first Science and Technology Adviser (STAS) to U.S. Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice.

Dr. Atkinson currently serves as founder and Director of the Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP), a not for profit institute that brings global policy makers together with top scientists to identify and evaluate policies to meet fundamental science-based challenges in the 21st century.

Dr. Atkinson has written more than 160 publications in refereed scientific journals and books, edited more than 20 books, and has authored 26 U.S. and foreign patents. His numerous awards include the Senior Alexander von Humboldt Award (Germany), the Senior Fulbright Award (Germany), the Lady Davis Professorship (Israel), the Science and Research Council Award (Great Britain), the Distinguished Alumni Award (Indiana University), an Honorary Doctorate (Eckerd College), the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellows Award from the University of California, Irvine, a Visiting Annenberg Professorship at the Claremont Colleges (Harvey Mudd College) in California, and the MacArthur Alumni Award from Eckerd College. Internationally, he has been a visiting professor and distinguished lecturer in Japan, Great Britain, Australia, Thailand, Germany, Israel, Taiwan, Poland, Norway, China, Russia, and France. He currently serves on several corporate and governmental boards. In 1992, students selected him as the “outstanding teacher at the University of Arizona.”

Dr. Tyler Call

Dr. Call brings a physicians perspective to the Young Living Scientific Advisory Committee. His resume includes medical school at the State University of New York in Syracuse NY and residency training at the University of Utah followed by a fellowship at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital. He is currently an Associate Professor with the School of Medicine and Director of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at one of the nations top cancer hospitals. Outside of his medical career, Dr. Call has years of experience advising various companies including Young Living on the research and studies relevant to their specific products. Dr. Call uses an evidenced based, scientific approach to all of his consulting.

Dr. Liza Conrad

Dr. Liza Conrad is a molecular biologist with a critical eye for research and development. She completed her BS in biology at the State University of New York, College at Cortland and then went on to earn a PhD from Cornell University in Plant Breeding and Genetics. Her research focuses on a range of topics from classical genetics to transcriptional regulation, epigenetics and developmental biology. In her current position as an Associate Professor of Biology at Eckerd College, she brings this expertise into the classroom where she teaches undergraduate courses in Genetics & Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Plant Biology and Advanced Molecular Techniques.