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Second Place

Don’t Be Led Ashtray: Toxicological Effects of Electronic Cigarettes on Inflammation and Lung Cell Viability with Comparison by Brand, Flavor and Generation

Ralph Lawton

Ralph Lawton

After receiving the award in 2015, I then went to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY to expand my work another year, which I presented again at ISEF in 2016. The award helped to reinforce in my mind my interests in medicine, medical research, and the intersection of that with public health.

About the Project: 

Ralph looked at the toxicological effects of e-cigarette vapor on lung cell viability and inflammation. His project suggests that tobacco vapor can be just as damaging to lung cells as traditional cigarette smoke.

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Where Are They Now?

Undergraduate School: Duke University, Robertson Scholars Program

  • Major: Economics
  • Minor: Global Health

Job: Edgecombe County Health Office, Summer 2017

  • Responsible for doing public health work on opiates in rural North Carolina.