LISEF 2019 Grand Award Winners
  Award Name School Title
Animal SciencesFirstIan Carlson BaileyGarden City High School The Cardiovascular Effects of Electronic Cigarette Components on Daphnia magna: An Investigation into Arrhythmia, Tachycardia, and Decreased Elasticity
FirstAnthony Joseph D'AmoreSmithtown High School East Habitat Preference Drives Brain Shape in Crocodylomorphs
SecondMaxwell Liam DeBrinoNorthport High School The Effect that Signs of Infestation of the Southern Pine Beetle Have on the Behavior of Backyard Birds
SecondElizabeth Amanda Yaboni, Lara Kolya Suazo CainSmithtown High School West Modulation of Peristalsis in Nematostella vectensis by the Nervous System and Microbiome as a New Model for Gastrointestinal Diseases
ThirdSeunguk John BaekHerricks High School The Effect of Inhibiting the NMDA Receptor During Different Developmental Stages Using MK-801 on Zebrafish Larvae
ThirdJack Henry RosencransNorth Shore High School The Effect of Location Along Long Island's Coast on Invertebrate Settlement and Presence: Developing Affordable Methods for Studying Marine Invertebrate Settlement
ThirdKatie Marie SierraNorthport High School Effects of Multiple Stressors on Survivorship and Growth in Juvenile Mytilus edulis
ThirdMichelle Jia-Yi ZhengGreat Neck South High School Identification of Lyme disease pathogens (Borrelia burgdorferi) Reservoir Host through DNA Barcoding Preparation of Ixodes scapularis
Honorable MLuke Christopher Botta, Matthew Jacob FriedmanSouth Side High School Malaclemys terrapin Nest Predation: Peak to Post Nesting Season in Varied Locations
Honorable MMatthew CondenzioSanford H. Calhoun High School Post Restoration Analysis of Hatches Harbor Estuary, Provincetown, MA
Honorable MAlexa June HickeySmithtown High School East Different Rates of Evolution for Cerebellar Lobules Help Explain the Nature of Primate and Human Intelligence
Honorable MJulia Marie Savino, Sidney Dorita Padmanaban, Shannon Elizabeth AlptekinSmithtown High School West The Effect of Acetylcholine and its Inhibitors on the Rate of Peristalsis in Nematostella vectensis
Honorable MKyle E SchneiderLynbrook High School Inducing Freeze Tolerance in Drosophila melanogaster Larvae by Implementing Warm Breaks and Shift Times between Constant Low Temperatures: A Potential Method for Cryopreservation
Behavioral and Social SciencesFirstJessica Michelle GoldsteinPlainview Old Bethpage JFK High School The Novel Volumetric Quantification of the Chemobrain Phenomenon within a Pediatric Population
FirstMatthew MullahySmithtown High School East Brain Inflammatory Responses Compromise NG2-Glial Homeostasis During Depression
SecondLindsey Loren RustRoslyn High School Baseball Diamonds Are Not A Girl's Best Friend The Effect of Sport, Coach Gender, and Participant Gender on Attitudes Towards and Perceived Salaries of Coaches
ThirdJuliana Marina CondoleoLynbrook High School Investigating the Novel Role of the Activated Cdc-42-Assosciatied Tyrosine Kinase (ACK1) in Learning and Memory using a DAck Null Allele in Drosophila melanogaster
ThirdAdrian KeRoslyn High School The Enticement of Embellishment: The Effect of Graph Embellishment on Comprehension, Memorability, and Perceptions of Trustworthiness
ThirdStefan PhilipPlainview Old Bethpage JFK High School Forecasting the Progression of Temporal Orientation Through the Language of Social Media Using Machine Learning
Honorable MLindsay Hannah BrennerPlainview Old Bethpage JFK High School Manipulating the Levels of Guided Instruction to Enhance Intellectual Curiosity and Metacognitive Skills
Honorable MAsher Jacob Evan BykovRoslyn High School Do Actions Really "Speak Louder" Than Words? The Effect of Power Posing, Gestures, and Gender on Perceptions of Competence and Likability
Honorable MAvneet Kaur ChhabraSyosset High School The Advancement of Human Development Through U.S. Aid
Honorable MSage SherryJohn L. Miller Great Neck North High School Talking with Touch: An Analysis of Neural Activation and Cross Brain Coherence During Non-Human and Human Interactions
Honorable MKate Weseley-JonesNorth Shore High School For Pits' Sake: The Effect of Breed Labels on Perceptions of Shelter Dogs
BioChem and EngineeringFirstRyan Ethan SiegelPaul D. Schreiber High School Engineering Poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) Nanoparticles with miR-663 to Target Squamous Cell Carcinoma
SecondJulia Catherine BrandensteinPlainview Old Bethpage JFK High School The Development of a Novel Prediction Model for Bipolar-I Disorder Utilizing Radiomic Analysis and Machine Learning
ThirdYehoshua Auerbach, Miguel HulyalkarLawrence High School Reusable Surface Molecular Imprint Biosensors Aided by Naturally Occurring Surface Roughness Indices for Point-of-Care Diagnostics
ThirdTong YeHalf Hollow Hills East Characterizing the Role of Nuclear Flap Endonuclease 1 (FEN1) as a Mitochondrial Long Patch Base Excision Repair Enzyme in vitro
Honorable MEmily Chen, Minjee Kim, Eshwin VarghesePlainview Old Bethpage JFK High School Optimizing Bacterial Cellulose Fibril Properties and Cleaning Processes Utilizing Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) Scaffolds and Salt Gradients
Honorable MSomaia SabaSacred Heart Academy Andirobin/Resveratrol Drug Combination in Alzheimer's Disease
Biomed and CellFirstShruthi ShekarJericho High School MALAT1 & SOX: Understanding Metastatic Progression Post Application of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy on Cancer Resected Wound Beds
FirstMadhav SubramanianJericho High School ETM* is Indispensable to Endothelial Behavior During Pathological Angiogenesis
FirstMatthew Ira WeltmannHalf Hollow Hills East Palbociclib Treated MDA-MB-231 Breast Cancer Cells Exhibit Increased Invasive Behavior in Zebrafish Xenograft Model
SecondMaximilian T Carson, Danielle LevantiEastport South Manor Junior-Senior High School Structural Determination of a New Space Group for tRNA (guanine-N1) methyltransferase from Anaplasma phagocytophilum
SecondEmma Rose KleinPaul D. Schreiber High School The Characterization of the AR Signaling Pathway in Breast Cancer
SecondJohn Anthony LabbateNorth Shore High School Examining the Role of Accumulating Fumarate in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphomas
ThirdManav BansalThe Wheatley School Developing an In Vitro Model to Study MPI Deficiency in Human Stellate Cell Activation and Underlying Mechanisms
ThirdJoshua Maximus LeeSyosset High School Enhanced Cellular Responses of Bone-like Scaffold for Bone Tissue Engineering Under Fluid Dynamics
ThirdPooja ShahLynbrook High School Analyzing the Loss of Thrombospondin-2 on Production of Extracellular Matrix Deposits in Diabetic Nephropathy
ThirdGabriella ShayaniJericho High School FTO: Elucidating Roles in Cardiomyocyte Transcript Regulation and Angiogenic Function
ThirdMichael WangSyosset High School Investigating the Neuroprotective Effects of Taurine and Synthetic Taurine Derivatives for the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease
Honorable MMark Lenard BodikWard Melville High School Morphological Changes in Pyramidal Neurons During Postnatal Development of Mouse Gustatory Cortex
Honorable MKevin ChenSmithtown High School East The Regulation of DNA Base Excision Repair Endonucleases Upon Neuronal Cell Differentiation
Honorable MAriana FangMassapequa High School Reprogramming of Fibroblasts into Cancer-Associated Fibroblasts through CRISPR/Cas9
Honorable MAaron LaviNorth Shore Hebrew Academy High School Role of AXL Receptor Tyrosine Kinase in Resistin-Induced Effect on Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) in Breast Cancer
Honorable MDylan MakaniNorth Shore Hebrew Academy High School The Effects of Sera from Autoimmune Encephalitis Patients on Endothelial Cell Transcytosis at the Blood Brain Barrier
Honorable MJillian Emma Parker, Jiachen Lee, Arooba AhmedHalf Hollow Hills West CCDC11 Regulates Efficient Midbody Recruitment of IST1 Suggesting Impaired Organization of ESCRT Machinery
Honorable MNadia PrasadKings Park High School Evaluating the Role of Possible Candidate KRAS Interacting Proteins Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDAC)
ChemicalsFirstDanielle Marie Kelly, Audrey ShineFriends Academy Application of Graphene Oxide and Electrospun Poly(acrylic acid)-Platinum/Carbon Catalyst Ink to Optimize Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Performance
SecondKevin Connor Souhrada, Madison Rylee EspositoBay Shore High School Identification of Micrometeorites Through Synchrotron Analysis
ThirdBhawan Kaur Sandhu, Tzipora Chana ScheinLawrence High School Creating a Novel, Cost-Effective and Durable Proton-Conducting Membrane for Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Honorable MSaajid N/A Chowdhury, Kevin XuMacArthur High School Varying Graphene Oxide Deposition Mass in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells to Optimize Cell Performance and Durability
Honorable MWilliam YanGreat Neck South High School Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Dipeptide-Dendron Hybrid to Identify the Molecular Basis of Liquid Crystal Mesomorphism in Peptide Dendron Hybrids
Computational Biology and BioinformaticsFirstSuchir MisraJericho High School Meta-Analysis of Cancer-related Gene Sets Reveals Connection between Craniosynostosis and Endometrial Cancer
SecondAnkit JainHerricks High School Classifying Metabolic States from Vagal Activity in BALB/C Mice
ThirdKaitlyn Petrina HoxhaHalf Hollow Hills East The Effect of Various Nucleation Mechanisms on Microtubule Aster Growth
ThirdPragati MuthukumarCommack High School Identifying Differential Expression and Conserved Alternative Splicing(AS) Events in Zea mays
Honorable MSanjana AhmedW. Tresper Clarke High School What are the Effects of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms on Factors of Vasculitis?
Honorable MAmy De Lury, Joseph BisulcaSachem North High School Correlation between Cortical Thickness and Cognitive Impairment in Early Onset Multiple Sclerosis
Computer SciencesFirstArianna PahlavanJericho High School Discretizing a Hybrid Cardiac Reconstruction: A Novel Simulation of Sustained Fibrillation
FirstSean PakCommack High School Receiver Noise Performance Optimization and Artificial Neural Network Based Target Localization Method for Multi-Static Passive Radar Systems
SecondDavid XuJericho High School Dual Sensing: A Multi-modal Sensor for Pressure and Bending
ThirdZachary David GruberPaul D. Schreiber High School Synthsizing Stealthy Attacks on ICDs
ThirdBrandon M ZhuThe Wheatley School Efficient Zero Knowledge Using Garbled Circuits in the Plain Model
Honorable MMenachem Mendel Rabizadeh, Yonatan KhakshoorNorth Shore Hebrew Academy High School The Smart Glove - Addressing Bicep And Hand Conditions Relating To Weight Lifting And Physical Therapy
Honorable MLiam Noel ReaWalt Whitman High School Inexpensive Online Multi-User VR Hardware and Software Environment Design Hosted Through a Microcomputer Server
Honorable MKushal Roy UpadhyayPaul D. Schreiber High School An Extension of A+D Net for Rapid Shadow Detection in Video
Earth and Environmental SciencesFirstYuktha ChiguripatiW. Tresper Clarke High School Pretreatment of Brassica rapa with Pyrabactin Increases Tolerance to Drought
FirstKelsey Yan GeWard Melville High School Multidecadal Trends in Tropical Cyclone Behavior within Tropical North Atlantic Sub-basins
SecondEmma Lilly LevinPaul D. Schreiber High School Identifying United States Hurricane Risk With Changing Climate
SecondMakaeel Shahjehan Sheikh, Eshan ShakraniW. Tresper Clarke High School Analysis of the Detoxification of 5-Chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy) phenol through Peroxidase-Mediated Reactions
ThirdKathy CaoCommack High School The Development of a Machine Learning Model to Predict Tropical Cyclone Genesis from Mesoscale Convective Systems
ThirdAnthony Joshua CoelhoBrentwood High School An Investigation of Harmful Algal Blooms: From Beta-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) in Green Algae to Brevetoxins in Red Algae
ThirdKyra McCreeryNorth Shore High School Assessing Regional North Atlantic Hurricane Landfall Frequencies Through Poisson Regression Modeling and Probability Simulations
ThirdBrian Joel Torres, Danny Patrick Neri IIIBrentwood High School Fight Club: Investigations of Aggressive Interactions Between the Native Crabs Uca pugilator and Uca pugnax and the Invasive Crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus in a Long Island Salt Marsh: A Study of the Impact of an Invasive Species on an Ecosystem
Honorable MDylan Maxwell D'AgateHalf Hollow Hills East Vinegar to the Rescue: Presoaking Maize Seeds in a Vinegar Solution Improves Germination and Drought Tolerance
Honorable MJulia Beth GrossmanGeorge W. Hewlett High School Use of Fluorine as a Proxy to Determine the Effect of Geothermal Fluids on Strain Rate, Effective Crustal Viscosity and Landscape Evolution in the Great Basin
Honorable MEthan Jacob SontarpCommack High School U-Pb Geochronology of Fossilized Horse Teeth from the Barstow Formation, California
Honorable MAlexander Maxwell UrmazaSayville High School Effects of RoundupTM on the Respiration of E. fetida
Honorable MCalvin WongSmithtown High School West Power Plants: Modeling how Plant Sediment Oxidation Influences Denitrification in Salt Marshes
Environmental EngineeringFirstSerena Zhao, Samantha ChenManhasset High School Optimizing the Removal of Methylene Blue from Contaminated Water Using Pumpkin Rind Waste and an Analysis of Desorption Efficiency and Material Reusability
SecondMeleni Maria SarantosSmithtown High School East An Investigation into the Identity of NirS and NirK Microbes in Nitrogen-Removing Biofilters from Sequencing Data
ThirdAlexis Lauren McCauley-PearlSmithtown High School East Lead Ion Remediation of Contaminated Water Using Biomass
ThirdKatherine ZhangJericho High School Superabsorbent Polymers to Reduce Leachate Migration
Honorable MSera D EvinerOceanside High School Niobium Pentoxide as a Promoter for Vanadium Pentoxide in the Oxidation of Carbon Monoxide
Honorable MAvinash Kumar Reddy, Chapin Luke Zerner, Kyle Patrick DunnThe Wheatley School The Effect of Increased Salinities and Introduction of Phytotoxic Pesticides Roundup and Spectracide Triazicide on the Health and Phytoremediation of Lemna minor L.
Material and MechanicsFirstJeffrey Y YuRoslyn High School Designing a Universal Liquid 3-Dimensional Printer
SecondElizabeth Jocelyn Grace OrlandoWard Melville High School Environmentally Benign Low Temperature Degradation of Muslin Cloth
ThirdSean G LinerPlainview Old Bethpage JFK High School The Effect of Geometry on the Wetting Properties in the Cassie-Baxter State
ThirdJustin Daniel SchiavoRoslyn High School The Effect of the Aerospike Nozzle on the Hybrid Rocket Engine
Honorable MThomas Eric CoorOyster Bay High School Analysis of Reed Blade Shapes on Relative Decibel Levels of Overtones
Honorable MJay NagpalHalf Hollow Hills East Mitigation of Swelling and Application of Filler-improved Biopolymers in Stabilized Soils
Honorable MRuben Prawer, Ari Ostrow, Adriel KohananooNorth Shore Hebrew Academy High School The Robotic De-Icer
MathematicsFirstJared Steven BankHalf Hollow Hills East An Analysis of Boundary Growth Rates in One-Dimensional Cellular Automata
SecondRinni BhansaliHalf Hollow Hills East A Trust Model in Bootstrap Percolation
ThirdJoseph MelkonianPaul D. Schreiber High School Modifying the T-value to Better Approximate Player Value in Cooperative Games
Honorable MSoham MaitiBethpage High School Derivation and Applications of Lorentz's Transform and Association with Einstein's E=mc^2
Honorable MRithika NarayanElwood High School Orphaned by Laplace: A Tale of Two Cysts
MicrobiologyFirstPoojan Pandya, Leo TakemaruHalf Hollow Hills West Investigating the Role of the Novel ESCRT-III Recruiter CCDC11 in HIV Viral Budding: Identifying a Potential Target for Antiviral Therapy
SecondMichael LawesElmont Memorial High School Metal and Hyperglycemia-Induced Neurotoxicity in a Caenorhabditis elegans RAGE Model
ThirdSamuel Benjamin BogdanovGeorge W. Hewlett High School Elucidating the Molecular Mechanism of Clostridium perfringens Epsilon Toxin (ETX) Cytotoxicity and the Requirement for the Myelin and Lymphocyte Protein MAL
Honorable MJennifer WangGreat Neck South High School Localization of Proteins in Mycobacteria Using Compartment-Specific Labeling
Honorable MYu ZhuCentral Islip Senior High School The Effects of Simulated Microgravity on the Production of Biofilm
Physics and EnergyFirstKaylie Sage HausknechtLynbrook High School Disentangling Spatial Correlations from Inhomogeneous Materials with Shift-Invariant Artificial Neural Networks
SecondBaokun GuManhasset High School Searching for Burst Gravitational Waves and Characterizing LIGO Detector Noise
ThirdWilliam L CaiGreat Neck South High School Implications for the Detection of the Chiral Magnetic Effect Through Charge Separation Measurements in d+Au and Au+Au Collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider
Honorable MQingyuan QianJohn L. Miller Great Neck North High School The M-sigma Relation of Intermediate-Mass Black Holes in Dwarf Galaxies
Honorable MYasemin Ipek Sahin, Samuel KimCommack High School Steering Magnet Research and Development for use in an Electron-Ion Collider
Translational Medical ScienceFirstCaroline YuJericho High School Hexokinase Domain Containing 1 (Hkdc1): A Metabolic Regulator of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
SecondAudrey ZhongJericho High School Temporal Progression of Secondary Degeneration in Mice Substantia Nigra After Chronic Stroke
ThirdAnne HwangValley Stream South High School Circulating Biomarker Levels are Diagnostic of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in a Murine Model of Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis
ThirdEish MaheshwariHerricks High School Design of a Red Blood Cell-Based Drug-Delivery Platform for Improving Curcumin Pharmacokinetics and Bioavailability via Reengineered Silica Nanoparticles
Honorable MMatan AtlasNorth Shore Hebrew Academy High School Morphological Evaluation of Skeletal Defects in Mice with Diamond Blackfan Anemia
Honorable MLauren Gabrielle RakhimovBellmore John F. Kennedy High School Genetic and Pharmacological Modulations of TOR Signaling can Enhance Resistance to Infection in Drosophila melanogaster