LISEF 2018 Grand Award Winners


  Award Name School Title
Animal SciencesFirstSydney BrachtSmithtown High School East A Reverse Genetic Approach to Identify Novel Regulators of Cell Invasive Behavior
FirstLuke HarrisWest Islip High School Extracting DNA from Killer Whale Mucus as a Non-invasive Alternative to the Use of Biopsy Darts
SecondSarah Elizabeth AdamoSmithtown High School West Acetylcholine and Nicotine Potentiate Currents in Cells Isolated from the Sea Anemone Nematostella vectensis
SecondSohum ShethSayville High School Geospatial Analysis of the Distribution of Sea Turtles and Shark Sightings off the Coast of Long Island, New York
ThirdNita Susan GeorgeSayville High School Geospatial Analysis of Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida) Distribution Infected with Southern Pine Bark Beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis), Sans Souci County Park, New York
ThirdShermeen Nasir KhanEast Meadow High School The Accumulation of Fluorescent Nanoparticles in Caenorhabditis elegans
ThirdCameron Reuven LevyBellmore John F. Kennedy High School An Analysis of the Interactions Among the Histone Deacetylase Sir2, TOR Signaling, and the Heat Shock Response Instigator Heat Shock Factor 1
ThirdJui PatelOceanside High School The Analysis of Malaclemys terrapin Fecal Matter as an Indicator of the Biomagnification of Microplastics
Honorable MSanjida Iqbal Chowdhury, Nellely Paola Lopez, Tyler Joeselyn SanabriaBrentwood High School Analyzing the Process of Autophagy in Nematostella vectensis in LC3 and ATG3
Honorable MJack Henry RosencransNorth Shore High School Diversity of Spongilla in Long Island waters
Honorable MKatie Marie Sierra, Brian Joel TorresNorthport High School Particle Filtration and Capture by Two Mussel Species: Response of Mussels to Algae and Surfactant Treated Particles
Honorable MJulianne Marie StarzeeNorthport High School Is the 6-Hydroxydopamine Lesion Rat Model for Parkinson's Disease a Viable Model to Use to Study the Neurobiology of Paradoxical Kinesia?
Behavioral and Social SciencesFirstMatthew Ryan MullahySmithtown High School East Alterations in Oligodendroglia Lineage Cells and Their Impact in Major Depressive Disorder
FirstAmy ShteymanJohn L. Miller Great Neck North High School The Language of Facial Expressions: A Neuroimaging Study of how a Smile is Generated and Perceived by Another Person
SecondElla EisenbergRoslyn High School The Speed and Accuracy of Responses Based on the Presence of Peripheral Limb Motions as Visual Cues for Biological Motion Perception
ThirdJustin Ross CohenSyosset High School PTSD Symptom Severity in 9/11 Responders: Associations with Anxiety Sensitivity and Distress Tolerance
ThirdSafia MirzaPlainview Old Bethpage JFK High School Novel Insight into the Neurobiological Underpinnings of Risky Decision Making During the Feedback Stage
ThirdKate Weseley-JonesNorth Shore High School How Adoptable is that Doggie in the Photo? The Effects of Manipulating Photos on the Perceptions of Shelter Dogs
Honorable MAaron GeulaJohn L. Miller Great Neck North High School Using fNIRS to Determine the Effects of Distractors on Neural Activity and Cross Brain Coherence
Honorable MSpencer Robert LazarRoslyn High School Worth a Shot? The Effectiveness of Various Public Health Messages on People's Intent to Get Vaccinated
Honorable MMeghan Grace LongHampton Bays High School Daily Self-Weighing to Combat Obesity Among Adolescents
Honorable MJulia Karen RuskinPaul D. Schreiber High School The Impact of Lack of Access to Medical Care during Hurricane Sandy on Mental Health Symptoms
Biochemistry/Biomedical Engineering/MicrobiologyFirstIrene AntonyHalf Hollow Hills West Subchondral Bone Engineering: Regeneration of Cartilage-Bone Interface to Replace Knee Prosthetics
FirstJulia ParkPlainview Old Bethpage JFK High School Targeting A Redox Dependency in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma
SecondJulia Catherine BrandensteinPlainview Old Bethpage JFK High School A Novel Method Utilizing Diffusion MRI to Determine Optimal Treatment Effectivness in Bipolar II Disorder
ThirdAdrian ChenGreat Neck South High School Peroxidase-Mediated Labeling of Periplasmic Proteins in Mycobacteria
ThirdZachary David GruberPaul D. Schreiber High School Improving the Robustness of ICDs
ThirdRaphael Leon IskraCommack High School The Effects of Nitazoxanide on Bacterial Virulence Factor Assembly by the Chaperone/Usher Pathway
Honorable MZaiff Khan, John Chen, Anoushka GuhaLawrence High School Recycling Old Teeth into New Bones- Creating a Novel Graphene Oxide/Iron/Poly-Lactic Acid Composite that Promotes Dental Pulp Stem Cell Differentiation and Proliferation
Honorable MMichael J LawesElmont Memorial High School Evaluating Neurodegeneration in C. elegans Models Following Chronic Glucose Exposure
Honorable MLogan Benjamin SamuelHalf Hollow Hills East A Putative Galantamine Metabolite Functions as a Potent Proteasome Inhibitor Suggesting an Alternative Non-Cholinergic Pathway for Attenuation of Inflammation
Honorable MSahith Vadada, Rushikesh Patel, Vedant SinghHerricks High School Evaluating the Effects of Graphene-Loaded Poly(4-vinylpyridine) Electrospun Fibrous Scaffolds and Spun-cast Thin Films on the Proliferation and Differentiation of Dental Pulp Stem Cells in vitro
Biomedical Health Science/Cell & Molecular BioFirstRinni BhansaliHalf Hollow Hills East BIC Augments the Proliferative Effects of miR-155 in Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma Via Downregulation of Tumor Suppressor and Anti-Apoptotic Targets
FirstRadhika PatelSyosset High School Riluzole Rescues Non-Canonical Akt Signaling and Improves Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Vascular Pathology
FirstShruthi ShekarJericho High School Binding of SOX Transcription Factors (TF) to MALAT1 lncRNA as an Effective Target for the Treatment of Breast Cancer Metastasis
SecondMichael Kaiyuan LuWard Melville High School MicroRNAs Contribute to Angiotensin II-Mediated Regulation of Transmural Electrical Remodeling in the Heart
SecondMonet Lou YuanSyosset High School Synthetic Lethality Assay of the PIM1 and PIM2 Genes
ThirdAndrew J. BacottiIsland Trees High School Impact of Prior Systemic Therapy on Lymphocytic Infiltration in Surgically Resected Breast Cancer Brain Metastases
ThirdJohn Anthony LabbateNorth Shore High School Combination of BCL6 and BRD4 Targeted Therapy Agents Induces Synergistic Effects in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphomas
ThirdJustin LeuRoslyn High School Identification of Clinically Derived COP1 Mutations in Melanoma
ThirdKimberly W LuGreat Neck South High School Establishment and Characterization of Topotecan Resistant NCI-H460/TPT10 Cells
ThirdShrey Digesh ThakerSmithtown High School East The Role of miR-34a in Colorectal Cancer Racial Health Disparity
Honorable MTheodore David Berger, Ling ShiNorth Shore Hebrew Academy High School Glutamate is a Regulator of the Bone-derived Hormone Sclerostin: A Potential Treatment for Bone Metabolism Diseases
Honorable MMatthew Elan BermanRoslyn High School The Pancreatic Cancer Microbiome Promotes Oncogenesis by Induction of Innate and Adaptive Immune Suppression
Honorable MCasey Keller LeimbachSacred Heart Academy The Dissociative Action of Dicer1 on R-loops
Honorable MGabriella Isabel ShayaniJericho High School The Effect of Cigarette Smoke on Cardiomyocyte FTO and SERCA2a Expression, Viability and Contractility
Honorable MRebecca Lily Sparacio, Lance LampertThe Wheatley School Identification and Characterization of the DELLA protein in L. minor
Computational Biology and BioinformaticsFirstVanessa J ZhangManhasset High School Molecular Characterization of Prioritized Non-coding Autism Mutations
SecondArianna PahlavanJericho High School Solving Heterogeneities in Defibrillation for a Vascular Remodel of the Heart
ThirdKathleen Nguyen EsfahanyWard Melville High School Organization of Neural Population Code in Mouse Visual System
ThirdKiana ZiadkhanpourPlainview Old Bethpage JFK High School Generation of Novel Fatty Acid Binding Protein (FABP) Inhibitors With Analgesic and Anti-cancer Properties
Honorable MGillian BartholomewOceanside High School Default Mode Network Connectivity Relates to Aesthetic Responsiveness
Earth and Environmental SciencesFirstEmily Alexandra CruzManhasset High School Climate Change on Hudson and Gateway Estuaries
FirstDylan Makani, Tong Cassandra Ye, Jacqueline Olivia BalestrieriNorth Shore Hebrew Academy High School Mitigation of TiO2 Stress and Characterization of a Putative Brassinosteroid Insensitive-1 Gene in Lemna minor
SecondEmily WangThe Wheatley School The Use of Electrospun Molybdenum Disulfide Nanofibers for Air Gap Membrane Water Desalination
ThirdMackenzie Layne DamonSayville High School Analysis of Mutagenicity and Sublethal Response on Eisenia fetida when Exposed to Roundup
ThirdDelina M LevineCommack High School Applying a Quadrature Representation to Model Aerosol-Cloud Interactions
ThirdMichal Lewkowicz, Rohil AgarwalHicksville Senior High School Converting Water Vapor to Drinkable Water in a Self-Contained Apparatus
Honorable MMeghan Brady-Fuchsman, Elizabeth Ruggiero, Sonia SarjuSt. Anthony's High School ZnO NP Regulation: Identification of the IRT1 Ortholog in Lemna minor
Honorable MYuktha Chiguripati, Hitangee Mitesh Jain, Nicholas Anthony VenturiniW. Tresper Clarke High School Pretreatment of Brassica rapa with Pyrabactin Increases Tolerance to High Salinity
Honorable MVictoria Paige PaloneNorth Shore High School The Influence of Predicted Future Climatic Conditions on Habitat Range Suitability in Sister Taxon of Species of the Genus Brookesia
Honorable MKyle PilottiSanford H. Calhoun High School Predicted and Observed Wind Speed Profiles at Southampton, NY
Embedded Systems/Systems Software FirstNatasha Aviva DilamaniJohn L. Miller Great Neck North High School Typing Without Touch: A Touchscreen Acceessible Device for the Visually Impaired
SecondDavid XuJericho High School Write Anywhere: Filtering Low-cost IMU Data for Small-scale Motion Reproduction
ThirdTaylor W GilesEast Meadow High School Developing a Voice Analysis Program for Personal Identification
ThirdKyle MarklandRocky Point High School A Novel Kalman Filter Latent State Estimator for GPS/INS Reference Point Acquisition
Honorable MVineet MalhotraBay Shore High School A Novel Approach to Improving Communication between Lung Cancer Patients and Healthcare Professionals via Mobile Application
Energy: Chemical/ Chemistry FirstKendra ZhangJericho High School Paper-based Microbial Fuel Cells for Self-powered Sustainable Disease Monitoring
SecondAashini Samir ShahW. Tresper Clarke High School Investigating a New Synthetic Route for Trifluoromethylated Dithienylethene Photoswitches Utilizing Monohalogenated Reactants
ThirdTiffeny ChenManhasset High School Investigation of Electrochemically Modulating Hydrophobicity in Redox-Response Gels and Optimization for Selective Adsorption in Release of Organics
ThirdHelen Zhang, Ruoxin Lu, Jarrad LiMacArthur High School Optimizing Molar Ratios of Gold-Silver Alloy Nanoparticles to Enhance the Performance of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells
Honorable MAlexis Lauren McCauley-PearlSmithtown High School East Cellulose-Based Filtration for Lead Removal for Potable Water
Energy: Physical/Materials Science FirstSusan Xiaoshu WuManhasset High School An Investigation of a Simple, Inexpensive Apparatus for Lipid Nanoparticle Fabrication with Controllable Size and Dispersity with in vitro Applications
SecondJeongbin HwangPlainview Old Bethpage JFK High School Fabrication of Superhydrophobic and Oleophilic Meshes by Laser Induced Polymerization
ThirdStephen John LeeManhasset High School Developing Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) Nanoparticle-Based Electrodes for Electrodynamic Screens (EDS) to Mitigate Soiling Effects in Solar Collectors
ThirdIyin Martins TugboboElmont Memorial High School The Effect of Bottom Ash Aggregate Replacement on Concrete Composites
Honorable MIsabella DeBrinoNorthport High School The Effect of a Nano-Spike Surface Coating on Bacterial Growth in Biological Artifact Storage Containers
Environmental EngineeringFirstSmiti K ShahBethpage High School Solar Powered Nanotech Water Filtration Device with Personal Robotic Transport System
SecondMutahara Nurit BhuiyanJericho High School Sustainability in Water Treatment: Heavy Metal Remediation via Nitro-oxidized Carboxycellulose Nanofibers
ThirdDaniel Hyunsoo LeeCommack High School Wind Field Estimation using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks
ThirdMolly Ann McLoughlinPaul D. Schreiber High School Design and Implementation of a Filtration Mechanism to Remove Perfluorooctanoic Acid and Butylated Hydroxytoluene from Water
Honorable MMichelle XingGreat Neck South High School Direct Functionalization of Algal Nanocellulose to Enhance Biosorption for Lead(II) Remediation
MathematicsFirstMerrick H CaiKings Park High School Euclidean Geometry Through Quaternions
ThirdJoseph MelkonianPaul D. Schreiber High School Improving Player Value Approximation in Cooperative Transferable Utility Games
Honorable MVinny Steven PaganoLong Beach High School Restoring Wild Oyster Reefs: Optimization of Population Sustainability Through Mathematical Modeling of Fertilization Dynamics
Honorable MLucas Sam RosenBellmore John F. Kennedy High School PEACE and WAR: Eliminating Luck to Project True Offensive Value of Major League Baseball Batters
Physics and AstronomyFirstChiu Fan Bowen LoJericho High School Near-Field Nanoscopy Simulation by Incorporating Harmonic Demodulation and Cone-Shaped Probing Tip
SecondAshley A FuchsWard Melville High School Simulation and Measurement of Ultra-Low Beam Emittance
ThirdCindy WangGreat Neck South High School Observation of the Chiral Magnetic Effect in the Quark-Gluon Plasma Produced in Au+Au Collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider
ThirdDavid Kyle WendtIsland Trees High School Modeling Negative Thermal Expansion in ScF3
Honorable MWilliam L PengManhasset High School Exploring Hadronization in Quantum Chomodynamics through Semi-Inclusive Deep Inelastic Scattering
Robotics and Intelligent Machines/Engineering MechFirstFred ChuManhasset High School Engineering a Novel Atomic Force Microscopy Based Nano-Stethoscope with Applications in Cancer Detection
SecondKyle Robert Spinelli, Sean PakCommack High School Deep Learning for Classification of Non-small Cell Lung Tumors in CT Scans
ThirdAria Eghbali, Yeil KimCommack High School A Sensitive Wide-Band Antenna System to Detect RF Radiation of Various Frequencies and Polarizations with High Directionality
ThirdRachael Kang, Shawn KangWaldorf School of Garden City Unsupervised Image Filtering using Generative Adversarial Networks
Honorable MJohn Tianci LiThe Wheatley School Three Efficient Inventions That Work Together to Reduce the Time and Cost of Automobile Transmission Fluid and Filter Changes by 3/4th
Translational Medical ScienceFirstEish MaheshwariHerricks High School Strategies for Tuning the Release Profile of Curcumin-Loaded Nanoparticles to Improve Drug Bioavailability and Optimize Sustainable Delivery
SecondHannah PhiliposeJericho High School Potent Treatment for Retinal Degeneration: Transcriptional Regulator for PGC-1α Decreases Oxidative Stress in Retina
ThirdSydney CaldwellHampton Bays High School The Apoptotic Effect of a Novel Curcumin Derivative on Pancreatic Cancer Cells
ThirdEthan Noah Ertel, Aman MalhotraHalf Hollow Hills East A Targeted Stem-Cell Based Tumor Therapy Mediated Through miR-137 Induced Apoptosis
Honorable MAsia Zhang, Eric Jon BaeGreat Neck South High School A Probe-able Solution: Exploring the Characteristics of a Novel Fluorescent Probe BDP-CC-292