Assistant Professor of Law
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 421
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
J.D. 2006, cum laude, University of Michigan Law School; Ph.D. 2003, University of Virginia; B.S. 1996, summa cum laude, Union University
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington
Professor Carter-Johnson focuses her interests on intellectual property law and policy. She combines her scientific and legal training to investigate issues at the intersection of biological research and the law.
Carter-Johnson was a visiting faculty fellow at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, from 2008 until she joined Michigan State University College of Law in fall 2010. Prior to that, she practiced law in Seattle, Washington, specializing in intellectual property licensing and representation of biotechnology companies.
Professor Carter-Johnson graduated with highest honors from Union University with a B.S. in mathematics and biology. She then received her law degree with honors from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was an articles editor and symposium coordinator of the Michigan Law Review. She earned her Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Virginia, where her research concentrated on immune system development.
A member of the Washington State Bar, she is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Carter-Johnson's publications include "The Shifting Landscape of Patent Licensing," BioPharm International (2007); "Lack of the Trosine Phosphatase SHP-1 Causes an Enrichment of CD4+CD25+ Regulatory T Cells," The Journal of Immunology (2005); "Cutting Edge: Dependence of TCR Antagonism on Src Homology 2 Domain-containing Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase Activity," The Journal of Immunology (2003); and "The Tyrosine Phosphatase SHP-1 Influences Thymocyte Development by Setting TCR Signaling Thresholds," International Immunology (1999).