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Dr. Yeongkwon Son
Assistant Research Professor, Atmospheric Science

Dr. Son is an assistant research professor at the Organic Analytical Laboratory, Desert Research Institute. His research here focuses on assessment of personal exposure to environmental pollutants and their potential adverse health impact. Dr. Son is an expert in exposure science, chemical and biomarker analysis, computational modelling, and sampling device design.

Dr.Son’s early career has been dedicated to watershed management projects and public health outcome measurements. He has been involved in more than ten projects in South Korea assessing the ecological impacts of water pollutants, and has developed Natural and Ecological Wastewater treatment System (NEWS) for decentralized rural communities. In addition to Korea, the NEWS has been installed in Swaziland, Africa, to reduce ecological and human health risks associated with untreated wastewater. In the course of his research, Dr. Son developed a novel long-term simulation tool to model the influence on wetland treatment on ecosystem interactions.

After his extensive research in South Korea, Dr. Son shifted his attention to the field of public health, and specifically to the impact of environmental agents on human health. While a graduate student at Rutgers University, Dr. Son was involved in several research projects on indoor and outdoor air pollution, including quantification of hydroxyl radicals induced by urban particulate matter, and measurements of personal exposure to multiple air pollutants in children with asthma. Building upon this expertise, he now studies emissions from electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), measuring and modeling human health risks associated with the real-life e-cigarette use. He has designed sophisticated indoor air quality monitoring tools to access the impact of second-hand e-cigarette vapor.

Keywords

Environmental monitoring, Water quality, Air quality, Exposure science, Risk assessment, Environmental modeling

 

Publications
2020
Son, Y., Mainelis, G., Delnevo, C., Wackowski, O. A., Schwander, S., Meng, Q. (2020). Investigating E-Cigarette Particle Emissions and Human Airway Depositions under Various E-Cigarette-Use Conditions, Chemical Research in Toxicology, 33 (2), 343-352, 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.9b00243
Son, Y., Bhattarai, C., Samburova, V., Khlystov, A. Y. (2020). Carbonyls and Carbon Monoxide Emissions from Electronic Cigarettes Affected by Device Type and Use Patterns, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (8), 2767, 10.3390/ijerph17082767
Ebersole, J., Samburova, V., Son, Y., Cappelli, D., Demopoulos, C., Capurro, A., Pinto, A., Chrzan, B., Kingsley, K., Howard, K., Clark, N., Khlystov, A. Y. (2020). Harmful chemicals emitted from electronic cigarettes and potential deleterious effects in the oral cavity, Tobacco Induced Disease, 18 (May), 41, 10.18332/tid/116988

Son, Y., Giovenco, D., Delnevo, C., Khlystov, A. Y., Samburova, V., Meng, Q. (2020). Indoor Air Quality and Passive E-cigarette Aerosol Exposures in Vape-shops, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Accepted.

2019
Son, Y., Mishin, V., Laskin, J. D., Mainelis, G., Wackowski, O. A., Delnevo, C., Schwander, S., Khlystov, A. Y., Samburova, V., Meng, Q. (2019). Hydroxyl Radicals in E-cigarette Vapor and E-vapor Oxidative Potentials under Different Vaping Patterns, Chemical research in toxicology, 32 (6), 1087-1095, 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.8b00400
2018
Samburova, V., Bhattarai, C., Strickland, M., Darrow, L., Angermann, J., Son, Y., Khlystov, A. Y. (2018). Aldehydes in Exhaled Breath during E-Cigarette Vaping: Pilot Study Results, Toxics, 6 (3), 46, 10.3390/toxics6030046
Son, Y., Weisel, C., Wackowski, O., Mainelis, G., Schwander, S., Delnevo, C., Kipen, H., Meng, Q. (2018). Evaluation of e-vapor nicotine and nicotyrine concentrations emitted under various e-liquid compositions, device settings and vaping topographies, Chemical Research in Toxicology, 31 (9), 861-868, 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.8b00063
Son, Y., Osornio-Vargas, A., O’Neill, M., Hystad, P., Texcalac-Sangrador, J., Ohman-Strickland, P., Meng, Q., Schwander, S. (2018). Land use regression models to assess air pollution exposure in Mexico City using finer spatial and temporal input parameters, Science of the Total Environment, 639, 40-48, 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.05.144
Conference Proceedings
2020
Son, Y., Khlystov, A. Y., Samburova, V. (2020). Pilot Study on The Nicotine Metabolite Ratio Among Electronic Cigarette Users, Society For Research On Nicotine and Tobacco 26th annual meeting: New Orleans, Louisiana, March 11, 2020-March 14, 2020, Poster No. PS5-155, Presented.
2019
Son, Y., Khlystov, A. Y., Samburova, V., Al-Shujairi, A., Giovenco, D., Delnevo, C., Meng, Q., Meng, Q. (2019). Passive Nicotine Exposures in Electronic Cigarette Vape Shops in New Jersey USA, Society of Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 25th annual meeting: San Francisco, California, February 20, 2019-February 23, 2019, Poster No. POS2-8., Presented.
Son, Y., Bhattarai, C., Samburova, V., Meng, Q., Wackowski, O., Delnevo, C., Khlystov, A. Y. (2019). Estimating the Human Health Risks Induced by Harmful Chemical Exposures from Four Types of Electronic cigarettes, Society of Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 25th annual meeting: San Francisco, California, February 20, 2019-February 23, 2019, Poster No. POS2-17., Presented.
Son, Y., Bhattarai, C., Samburova, V., Khlystov, A. Y. (2019). Impact of Vaping Patterns on carbonyls and Carbon Monoxide Emissions from Four Popular Types of Electronic Cigarettes, Society of Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 25th annual meeting: San Francisco, California, February 20, 2019-February 23, 2019, Poster No. POS4-47., Presented.
Son, Y., Ryu, J. (2019). Development of low-cost autonomous air quality sensing platform to access health impacts associated with wildfire events, Nevada Public Health Association: Reno, NV, USA, September 24, 2019-September 25, 2019, Presented.
2018
Son, Y., Samburova, V., Khlystov, A. Y. (2018). Carbon Monoxide and Carbonyl Emissions from Four Popular E-cigarettes, Nevada Public Health Association Annual Meeting: Las Vegas, NV, September 26, 2018-September 27, 2018, Presented.
Samburova, V., Son, Y., Bhattarai, C., Strickland, M., Darrow, L., Angermann, J. E., Khlystov, A. Y. (2018). Aldehydes in Exhaled Breath during E-cigarette Vaping: Results of a Pilot Study, Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalation Regular Meeting: Reno, NV, September 12, 2018, Invited speaker, Presented.
Pearson, J. L., Crabtree, M. B., Maloney, S. F., Hiler, M., Spindle, T., Kilgalen, B., Nareg, K., Son, Y., Samburova, V., Khlystov, A. Y., Eissenberg, T. (2018). A comparison of e-cigarette nicotine aerosol content vs blood nicotine concentrations: Markten vs. e-Go T, Tobacco Regulatory Science Annual Meeting: Washington, DC, June 18, 2018, Presented.
Al-Shujairi, A., Son, Y., Meng, Q., Giovenco, D., Delnevo, C. (2018). Indoor Air Quality in Electronic Cigarette Vape Shops, Society of Research on Nicotine & Tobacco Annual Meeting: Baltimore, MD, February 21, 2018-February 24, 2018, Poster No. POS5-5., Presented.