Summer 2021 Research
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Is short-term e-cigarette use harmless?

Stokes Lab research student Alicia Peters is investigating the effects of e-cigarette vapor exposure on lung function and lung tissue health.

In this acute (short-term) exposure study rat ventilation (breathing) patterns are recorded and analyzed both before and after 7-days of e-cigarette vapor exposure (10 minutes per day). At the end of the study lung tissue will be tested for signs of inflammation and damage. 

Check out Alicia's poster from the SU Summer Research Open House! 

 

“One of the things I have loved about this research is learning how to work with animals in a study. The unpredictability of animals can make studies like ours challenging, but the skills you come out with is something you won’t get anywhere else. I’m also proud of the work we’re doing, as vaping is still so new to our generation, and the major health impacts are still uncertain. While current research indicates that vaping may harm a person’s immune response within the lungs, we hope to learn more about how this happens through our research.”

-Alicia Peters

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Rat ventilation recording using whole body plethysmography.

Summer 2019 Research Projects

(click on a poster to see the full PDF file)

Jada Faul

Microglia Activation and IL-1β Expression in Select Ventilatory Control Regions Following Exposure to Chronic Sustained Hypoxia 

Conference Presentation:
Experimental Biology 2020 
April 4-7; San Diego, CA

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Kyle Barron and Jada Faul

Microglia and Astrocyte Activation in Select Ventilatory Control Regions Following Exposure to Chronic Sustained Hypoxia

Conference Presentations: 

LSU Scholars Forum - 2/2019

Centenary Research Conference - 4/2019

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Summer 2018 Research Projects

(click on a poster to see the full PDF file)

Kyle Barron

Activation of microglia and astrocytes in the Pre-Botzinger complex in normoxic and hypoxic conditions. 

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Jada Faul

Comparison of microglia antibodies in morphology analysis in both normoxic and hypoxic conditions. 

Alex Morgan

Activation of microglia and astrocytes in the RTN in normoxic and hypoxic conditions. 

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