LISEF 2017 Grand Award Winners


  Award Name School Title
Animal SciencesFirstCharity RussellCommack High School Manipulating Odor-Driven Behavior in Fruit Flies (Drosophila melanogaster)
SecondJoseph Gabriel RibaudoKings Park High School The Analysis of Sex Hormones on the Cognitive Rigidity and Behavioral Characteristics in a Rattus norvegicus Model of Pre-motor Parkinson’s Disease
ThirdSteven James MontaltoSayville High School Analysis of the Cytochrome C Oxidase I and II Genes in Cadmium and RoundupTM-treated Compost Worms (Eisenia fetida)
ThirdKirti NathWard Melville High School Assessing the developmental and metabolic toxicity of neuroactive pharmaceuticals using early life stage zebrafish (Danio rerio)
ThirdHannah Emily RosenthalSmithtown High School West The Sixth Sense in Mammals: Using Genetics to Understand the Evolution of the Vomeronasal Organ
Honorable MSarah Elizabeth Adamo, Susell ContrerasSmithtown High School West Using Nematostella vectensis to spotlight the ancient roots of Nicotinic Cholinergic Neurotransmission
Honorable MReeda IqbalBrentwood High School Marsh Mussels May be Muscles for Nitrogen Pollution Mitigation.
Honorable MSonali Persaud, Annie TaoEast Meadow High School The Effect of the BLMP-1 Transcription Factor on Oscillatory Gene Expression in Caenorhabditis elegans
Behavioral and Social SciencesFirstAnuj GuptaRoslyn High School Do Parents Really Know Best? Investigating the Relationship between Perceived Parental Goals and Academic Factors.
FirstChloe Ann LevinRoslyn High School Dress to Impress: The Influence of the Enclothed Cognition Effect on Self-Esteem and Self-Efficacy
SecondMichael William NachmanPaul D. Schreiber High School An Analysis of Presidential Primaries as General Election Predictors
SecondZhitong WangJericho High School Computational Modeling of Neuronal Networks: Clarifying Neural Dynamics for Neuropathological Investigations
ThirdSophie Mikaela HeimanPlainview Old Bethpage JFK High School The Effects of Inflated Praise on Actively Open-Minded Thinking
ThirdAlyssa RustRoslyn High School Should the Radio Be Band? The Effects of Listening to Music on Driver Error and Stress
ThirdAmy Rose ShteymanJohn L. Miller Great Neck North High School The neuroscience behind smiling: An fNIRS correlation of facial expressions with neural activity
ThirdDavid Joseph Naiburg WeissmanPlainview Old Bethpage JFK High School Investigating Various Determinants of Social Media Responses to the Pulse Nightclub Shooting Across America
Honorable MAndrew CarlinsOceanside High School Speech-Focused” versus “Integrated” Stuttering Treatment: Speech Therapists' Perspectives
Honorable MJustin Ross CohenSyosset High School Psychopathology in 9/11 Responders Exposed to Hurricane Sandy: Examining the Interactive Effects of Exposure and Resilience
Honorable MKamyar GhiamRoslyn High School The Perils of Pressure: An Analysis of the Predictors Associated with Academic Dishonesty, Self-Esteem, and Sleep
Honorable MMaxwell Raphael SchulmanPlainview Old Bethpage JFK High School Evaluating the Impact of Political Labeling on Herding Behavior and Cognitive Strain
Honorable MMichael SternbachBellmore John F. Kennedy High School Are Yield Curve Inversions Harbingers of Economic Contractions in Emerging Market and Excessively Debt Ridden Countries?
Biochemistry and Translational MedicineFirstRahul Chaudhry, Sahil ChaudhrySyosset High School A Novel Model to Efficiently Embody Platelet Morphological Change
SecondRuiwen FuJericho High School Potent treatment of renal fibrosis: A novel inhibitor of HIPK2-Smad3 interaction
SecondElin C Hu, Vanessa J ZhangManhasset High School Using Antioxidants to Counteract Mitochondrial Dysfunction and α-synuclein Aggregation in Parkinson’s disease
ThirdJillian Rose PesceSmithtown High School East The Effect of Nutrient Levels on Chemotherapeutic Drug Efficacy in NCI-H460, Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma Cells
ThirdSarah M RomanelliOceanside High School The structural, mechanistic, and clinical applications of NT5C2 in drug resistance and relapse of T-ALL
Honorable MJordan CooperCommack High School The Efficacy and Effects of Combined BCL6-BTB and Survivin Inhibition in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma
Honorable MLogan Benjamin SamuelHalf Hollow Hills East The Effects of Indomethacin on Cardiac Protein Degradation in Mice
Honorable MRyan WuManhasset High School Next Generation Therapy for Treatment of Cancer: Apoptosis, Vascular Disruption, and Nanoemulsion
Biomedical and Health SciencesFirstMohamed Ehab El-AbtahSyosset High School Hepatic Stellate Cell-Targeting Nanoparticles for Hepatocellular Carcinoma Chemoprevention
FirstAnjali MaheshwariHalf Hollow Hills West Using a Kinect-Based Framework for Human Motion Capture to Assist Stroke Rehabilitation Patients
SecondVincent Yao, Jarrad LiRoslyn High School Anti-cancer effects and Targeting of Bcl-2 Induced by Perilla frutescens on Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
ThirdSanjana ErankiSmithtown High School East DNA Demethylation Upregulates Alkaline Ceramidase 2 and Bioactive Sphingolipids in Cancer Cells
ThirdErika NemethSmithtown High School East Cell-Based Delivery of Gene-Silencing Products Via Gap Junction Channels
ThirdJake Andrew NietoCommack High School An Empirical Biomarker-based Calculator for Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease
Honorable MZachary LeeLynbrook High School A Comparison Study of Interferential and Pre-Modulated Electrical Stimulation on the Rehabilitation of Total Knee Arthroplasty
Honorable MJustin Eric LeuRoslyn High School High Levels of ETS Family Members Cause Resistance to BRAF and MEK Inhibitors in Melanoma
Honorable MCaitlin Cristina UnkenholzSmithtown High School West The effects of a single nucleotide polymorphism in the response regulator PhoP acquired during Yersinia pestis evolution on the binding affinity to the ugd gene promoter
Biomedical EngineeringFirstRachel Sara Sacks, Gila Rachel ScheinHebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaways The Influence of Metallized Graphene Oxide/Reduced Graphene Oxide and Sulfonated Polystyrene on Dental Pulp Stem Cell Differentiation and Protein Adsorption
ThirdMutahara Nuri BhuiyanJericho High School Manipulating Matter on the Nanoscale: Incorporation of a Branched Junction Inside a DNA Triangle
Honorable MRenata Dominique BrunoKings Park High School An Investigation of the Effects of Low Intensity Vibrations on Lipid Characteristics in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes in Vitro
Honorable MShaminta HamidianWilliam A. Shine Great Neck South High School Exploring Structural and Functional Connectivity of Human Motor System using Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Resting State Functional MRI
Cellular & Molecular BiologyFirstMarc HuoJericho High School Circumventing traditional bottlenecks in glioma genetic therapy: ultra-pH sensitive nanodelivery vehicles
FirstMichael William LaiJericho High School Identification of TBX3 as a Novel Regulator of Lung Angiogenesis
SecondSachin PatnaikWard Melville High School A Novel Co-culture System for Efficient Differentiation of Hemangioblasts to CD31+ Endothelial Progenitors
SecondJennifer Elizabeth RakhimovBellmore John F. Kennedy High School Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy in Degenerated Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells
ThirdSophie Bien-AimeElmont Memorial High School Rapamycin and Starvation Resistance and their Effect on Locomotion and Longevity in Drosophila melanogaster
ThirdLindsay Anne MistrettaPlainedge High School An RNA-Sequencing Analysis of Conserved Processes within the Gustatory and Other Biological Systems: novel interpretations of gene functionality
ThirdEmily Ann PetersonSmithtown High School East Lecithin-Retinol Acyl Transferase in Squamous Cell Carcinoma: The Relationship Between Oncology and Wound Repair
ThirdMelody Chen YangWilliam A. Shine Great Neck South High School Characterization of Lipid Membrane-Associated Proteins from Mycobacteria
Honorable MAnanya Devi Bansal, Megan Augusta KirschnerThe Wheatley School The Effects of Coconut Oil on the Alzheimer's homolog apl-1 in C. elegans
Honorable MElisabeth DimitratosWilliam A. Shine Great Neck South High School Watch the Gap: A novel mechanism by which mutant p53 may exert its oncogenic properties in inflammation-related cancers.
Honorable MAman Malhotra, Joshua Ibrahim, Ethan ErtelHalf Hollow Hills East The use of miR-137 to Contrast its Effects Between Malignant Melanoma and Somatic Cells Toward the Development of A MicroRNA Based Therapeutic For Malignant Melanoma
Honorable MAva Marie McNevinSayville High School Using Barcoding Techniques on Lepidoptera Samples for Assessing Authenticity of Species in Commercially Available Specimens.
Honorable MSetu Parag MehtaHerricks High School IRF5 Deficiency Leads to Increased Proliferation in Luminal Epithelial Cells, Contributing to Mammary Tumorigenesis
Honorable MYingdong WenLong Island Lutheran High School The Potential Molecular Effects of Caffeine on Human Long-term Memory
Chemistry and Materials ScienceFirstArchana VermaJericho High School Spin-Orbit Coupling Induced Heterogeneous Excited-State Dynamics in 6-Coordinate Transition Metal Protodyes
SecondAlby John JosephW. Tresper Clarke High School Optimized Fatty Acid Binding Protein Inhibitors: Augmenting the Viability of a Novel Pain-Relief Mechanism
SecondKristian Ming NilsenOceanside High School Growth of monolayer MoSe2 and WSe2 with the assistance of halide catalysts
ThirdGrace HuJericho High School Multifunctional NGF-Au-SPIO Nanoparticles: Magnetically Directing Neurite Extension and Orientation
ThirdWilliam Jia-Cheng Zheng, Chiu Fan Bowen LoWilliam A. Shine Great Neck South High School Experimental, Electromagnetic, and Graph Theoretical Analysis of Plasmonic Near-Field Enhancement in Random Gold Nanoparticle Arrays
Honorable MJulia Shawn GoldsamtJohn L. Miller Great Neck North High School The Functionalization of Copper Oxide Nanosheets for Environmental Purposes
Honorable MOmar Amadis Ramos, Ryan Von HofWalt Whitman High School The Development and Analysis of Inorganic Pigments
Honorable MAdam Hunter SteinHalf Hollow Hills East Role of Symmetry in the Core of Star Mesogens
Computational Biology and BioinformaticsFirstRaymond Minor HuffmanManhasset High School Computational Analysis of Intron Retention Events in Alternatively Spliced mRNA
SecondMatthew Paltiel WeinsteinJohn L. Miller Great Neck North High School Identification of High-Risk Tumor Subtypes Via Unsupervised Clustering of RNA Expression and VIPER Transcriptional Factor Activity
ThirdSamantha Victoria D'AlonzoPaul D. Schreiber High School Statistical Modeling and SIR Modeling in New York State Counties of Syndrome X based on Text Based Indicators from Social Media and Food Environment
ThirdAnjali R VermaKings Park High School Examining the Effects of Fatty Acid Binding Protein and Neuron-Astrocyte Signaling on CB1 Receptor Activation Using a Computational Model of the Endocannabinoid System
Honorable MCaitlin ChouHerricks High School Predicting Optimal and Relevant Genes for Future Study
Honorable MAndrea HeSyosset High School Probing Neurovascular Coupling Efficiency in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Earth and Environmental SciencesFirstAbbigayle Emily CuomoCommack High School A Study of Westward Recurving Tropical Cyclone Tracks in the Atlantic
FirstGilbert Granger SpencerHalf Hollow Hills West An Analysis of the Atmospheric Record Using Ice Cores from WAIS Divide
SecondCaitlin Elizabeth GormleySayville High School Physical Risk Analysis and Potential Health Outcomes from Hydrofracturing Activities Using Geospatial Analytics in the Marcellus Shale, USA
SecondRubin SmithWilliam A. Shine Great Neck South High School Reconstruction of Topography and Examination of Mammal Diversity Evolution within the Basin and Range of Western North America Since 36 Ma
ThirdLauren Bulik Taylor Bulik, Emily Anne McDonnellLong Beach High School Collecting, Anayzing and Studying Microplastics in Reynolds Channel
ThirdAlan ChenHerricks High School Understanding the Mobility of Important Trace Elements During Basalt Weathering with Implications for the Mars 2020 Rover Mission
ThirdJordan Stanley MatuszewskiSachem High School East The Negative Effects of Glyphosate on Soil Ecology
ThirdMuzaffer Cuneyd Tasoglu, Anoop SinghCommack High School The Relationship between the North Atlantic Oscillation and the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation
Honorable MHarrison Gifford BenchSayville High School Microhabitat Analysis of the Green Point Tidal Wetlands Complex
Honorable MKaitlyn Rose Cisz, Charlotte Marie Heo, Younghyun N/A YoonLong Island Lutheran High School The Effect of Various Deicers on the Rate of Elodea Photosynthesis
Honorable MJade Imani Dickenson, Sofie Bri WilsonWalter G. O'Connell Copiague High School A novel investigation surrounding Geukensia demissa as a probable control mechanism for the invasive species Phragmites australis
Honorable MCasey James MacolinoNorthport High School The Nitrogen Cycle in Restored Spartina Marshes of Different Age in Jamaica Bay, NY
Honorable MCaroline Nicole SchwabNorth Shore High School Vulnerability and Risk Predictions Derived through the History of Flooding in the Ohio River Valley
Honorable MErica Sze-Tu, Elizabeth Christine RyanMineola High School The Effect of Locomotive Emissions on Long Island Plant Diversity
Embedded Systems & Engineering Mechanics & RoboticFirstScott SoiferNorth Shore Hebrew Academy High School The Heat Free Car - Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention System (Second-Generation Prototype)
SecondMichael Yoomin LeeManhasset High School MFT: Improving Shallow CNN Object Tracking with Domain-Separated Feeds
ThirdJared Douglas HabermehlCommack High School Implementing Secure Networks for the "Internet of Things"
Honorable MAdam Michael CanarickSyosset High School Assitive Tennis Technology
Honorable MGrace Elizabeth SmithPlainview Old Bethpage JFK High School Determining the Efficacy of Carbon Fiber vs Fiberglass Composite Stabilization Bar in Aircraft Landing Gear
Energy: Chemical and PhysicalFirstDahyun Elle Park, Jordan Brett SanfordSyosset High School Utilization of Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) as a Shewanella putrefaciens ATP Synthase Inhibitor to Maximize Microbial Fuel Cell Performance
FirstPavit SuriW. Tresper Clarke High School What is the Effect of Cellulose, as per the Conversion of P-nitrophenol Glucopyranoside into P-nitrophenol and Glucose, on the Production of Cellulosic Ethanol from Cardboard vs. Inedible Plant Material in Biofuel Manufacturing?
ThirdStephen Lee, Fred ChuManhasset High School Optimizing Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs): Novel Methods of Efficiency and Thermal Sustainability
Honorable MBrandon Ray Feng, Daniel Hyunsoo LeeWard Melville High School A Robust Sensor Network-based Estimation Model for Wind Fields
Honorable MAnushka RoyComsewogue High School Zeolites Framework Effect on the Furfuryl Alcohol Conversion and Products Selectivity: Analytic and Characterization Investigation
Environmental EngineeringFirstKendra ZhangJericho High School A paper-based microbial fuel cell for self-powered, low-cost glucose monitoring in saliva
SecondRyan Thorpe, Rachel ChangManhasset High School The Development of a Mechanized Approach to Rapidly and Sensitively Detect and Purify Water Contaminated with Shigella, E. coli, Salmonella, and Cholera Through the Use of Carbon-Based Biosensors in Conjunction with Arduino-Controlled Micropipettes
ThirdSmiti Ketan ShahBethpage High School Efficient Nano-Based Water Filter: A Novel Application of Biosynthesized Silver Nanoparticles (AgNP) and Water Based Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Ink
ThirdHannah Alexis UeshiroSachem High School East Effect of Cyanobacteria and Biochar on germination rates and percentages of agricultural crops
Honorable MJessica Nicole HorowitzHalf Hollow Hills West Consolidation of Cs2SnI6 for Nuclear Waste Applications
Honorable MNicos ProkopiouWest Islip High School The Development of Copper Filtration Systems to Reduce the Viability of Aqueous E. coli
Honorable MIyin TugboboElmont Memorial High School Augmentation of concrete composites using Shear Thickening Fluids
MathematicsFirstAnton WuHalf Hollow Hills East Discrete Ricci Flow on Discrete 3-Manifolds
SecondNora E KoeHerricks High School Shorter Shares for Formula Secret Sharing
ThirdAlbert Yan LiuWard Melville High School Anomaly Detection in Time Series of Dependent Stochastic Block Model Graphs
Honorable MSoham MaitiBethpage High School Understanding the Derivation of General Relativity and Our Movement Through Space-Time
Honorable MVinny PaganoLong Beach High School Comparison of Lagrangian and Multivariate Interpolation
MicrobiologyFirstRaphael Leon IskraCommack High School The Effects of Nitazoxanide on Chaperone/Usher Pathway Assembled Virulence Factors in Gram-negative Bacteria
SecondChristopher Hyunjoon MoonSyosset High School Identification of Novel Immunoreactive Antigens of Babesia microti
ThirdJoel LimaElmont Memorial High School Biochemical and Structural Study of the Escherichia Coli Transcription Elongation Complex with λN and HK022 Nun
Honorable MZan Z AhmedSyosset High School Solubility Enhancement of the BHBM Drug through an In Vitro Cryptococcal Neoformans and J774A.1 Murine Cell Line Model
Honorable MCindy LiSmithtown High School East Investigation of innate immune response against Candida albicans in mouse immune cells
Physics and AstronomyFirstRushabh MehtaSyosset High School Exact Muon Orbit Distortion with E821 β function
SecondNestor O TkachenkoWard Melville High School Can Cars Fly? Eddy Current Magnetic Levitation as Viable Technology
ThirdJason GetzlerPlainview Old Bethpage JFK High School Controlling Coherence in the Product Channel from a Direct, Uni-Molecular Dissociation Reaction
ThirdMatthew KoWilliam A. Shine Great Neck South High School Extraction of the Specific Shear Viscosity of the Quark-Gluon Plasma from Measurements of Flow Harmonics in Au+Au Collisions at 200 GeV
Honorable MAdam Arash PahlavanJericho High School Connecting the Spin-Diluted Ising Model to Bacterial Chemotaxis: A Cluster-Based Approach to Characterizing Chemoreceptor Dynamics
Honorable MZiad Walid SabryLindenhurst Senior High School Something from Nothing: Signal in 280,000 Measurements of Empty Sky
Systems SoftwareFirstTalia BlumPlainview Old Bethpage JFK High School Optimizing Supercomputer Topologies: Developing Probabilistic Algorithms to Construct More Efficient Node Networks to Increase Supercomputer Speed
SecondSuki R TekverkKings Park High School The Design of an “A Programing Language” Library for Financial Data Calculations and Analysis’, Paired with a Solving Algorithm
ThirdKyle Anthony MarklandRocky Point High School Improving GPS Accuracy Through Integration of an IMU and Novel Software
Honorable MShani KahanNorth Shore Hebrew Academy High School Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Majestic Backlink Exporter
Honorable MJacob R StriebHuntington High School Assessing the security of the Mainline DHT BitTorrent network with regard to malware