LISEF 2018 Grand Award Winners


  Award Name Category Title
Bay Shore High SchoolHonorable MentionVineet MalhotraEmbedded Systems/Systems Software A Novel Approach to Improving Communication between Lung Cancer Patients and Healthcare Professionals via Mobile Application
Bellmore John F. Kennedy High SchoolThirdCameron Reuven LevyAnimal Sciences An Analysis of the Interactions Among the Histone Deacetylase Sir2, TOR Signaling, and the Heat Shock Response Instigator Heat Shock Factor 1
Honorable MentionLucas Sam RosenMathematics PEACE and WAR: Eliminating Luck to Project True Offensive Value of Major League Baseball Batters
Bethpage High SchoolFirstSmiti K ShahEnvironmental Engineering Solar Powered Nanotech Water Filtration Device with Personal Robotic Transport System
Brentwood High SchoolHonorable MentionSanjida Iqbal Chowdhury, Nellely Paola Lopez, Tyler Joeselyn SanabriaAnimal Sciences Analyzing the Process of Autophagy in Nematostella vectensis in LC3 and ATG3
Commack High SchoolSecondKyle Robert Spinelli, Sean PakRobotics and Intelligent Machines/Engineering Mech Deep Learning for Classification of Non-small Cell Lung Tumors in CT Scans
ThirdAria Eghbali, Yeil KimRobotics and Intelligent Machines/Engineering Mech A Sensitive Wide-Band Antenna System to Detect RF Radiation of Various Frequencies and Polarizations with High Directionality
ThirdRaphael Leon IskraBiochemistry/Biomedical Engineering/Microbiology The Effects of Nitazoxanide on Bacterial Virulence Factor Assembly by the Chaperone/Usher Pathway
ThirdDaniel Hyunsoo LeeEnvironmental Engineering Wind Field Estimation using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks
ThirdDelina M LevineEarth and Environmental Sciences Applying a Quadrature Representation to Model Aerosol-Cloud Interactions
East Meadow High SchoolThirdTaylor W GilesEmbedded Systems/Systems Software Developing a Voice Analysis Program for Personal Identification
ThirdShermeen Nasir KhanAnimal Sciences The Accumulation of Fluorescent Nanoparticles in Caenorhabditis elegans
Elmont Memorial High SchoolThirdIyin Martins TugboboEnergy: Physical/Materials Science The Effect of Bottom Ash Aggregate Replacement on Concrete Composites
Honorable MentionMichael J LawesBiochemistry/Biomedical Engineering/Microbiology Evaluating Neurodegeneration in C. elegans Models Following Chronic Glucose Exposure
Great Neck South High SchoolThirdAdrian ChenBiochemistry/Biomedical Engineering/Microbiology Peroxidase-Mediated Labeling of Periplasmic Proteins in Mycobacteria
ThirdKimberly W LuBiomedical Health Science/Cell & Molecular Bio Establishment and Characterization of Topotecan Resistant NCI-H460/TPT10 Cells
ThirdCindy WangPhysics and Astronomy Observation of the Chiral Magnetic Effect in the Quark-Gluon Plasma Produced in Au+Au Collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider
Honorable MentionMichelle XingEnvironmental Engineering Direct Functionalization of Algal Nanocellulose to Enhance Biosorption for Lead(II) Remediation
Honorable MentionAsia Zhang, Eric Jon BaeTranslational Medical Science A Probe-able Solution: Exploring the Characteristics of a Novel Fluorescent Probe BDP-CC-292
Half Hollow Hills EastFirstRinni BhansaliBiomedical Health Science/Cell & Molecular Bio BIC Augments the Proliferative Effects of miR-155 in Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma Via Downregulation of Tumor Suppressor and Anti-Apoptotic Targets
ThirdEthan Noah Ertel, Aman MalhotraTranslational Medical Science A Targeted Stem-Cell Based Tumor Therapy Mediated Through miR-137 Induced Apoptosis
Honorable MentionLogan Benjamin SamuelBiochemistry/Biomedical Engineering/Microbiology A Putative Galantamine Metabolite Functions as a Potent Proteasome Inhibitor Suggesting an Alternative Non-Cholinergic Pathway for Attenuation of Inflammation
Half Hollow Hills WestFirstIrene AntonyBiochemistry/Biomedical Engineering/Microbiology Subchondral Bone Engineering: Regeneration of Cartilage-Bone Interface to Replace Knee Prosthetics
Hampton Bays High SchoolThirdSydney CaldwellTranslational Medical Science The Apoptotic Effect of a Novel Curcumin Derivative on Pancreatic Cancer Cells
Honorable MentionMeghan Grace LongBehavioral and Social Sciences Daily Self-Weighing to Combat Obesity Among Adolescents
Herricks High SchoolFirstEish MaheshwariTranslational Medical Science Strategies for Tuning the Release Profile of Curcumin-Loaded Nanoparticles to Improve Drug Bioavailability and Optimize Sustainable Delivery
Honorable MentionSahith Vadada, Rushikesh Patel, Vedant SinghBiochemistry/Biomedical Engineering/Microbiology 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
Hicksville Senior High SchoolThirdMichal Lewkowicz, Rohil AgarwalEarth and Environmental Sciences Converting Water Vapor to Drinkable Water in a Self-Contained Apparatus
Island Trees High SchoolThirdAndrew J. BacottiBiomedical Health Science/Cell & Molecular Bio Impact of Prior Systemic Therapy on Lymphocytic Infiltration in Surgically Resected Breast Cancer Brain Metastases
ThirdDavid Kyle WendtPhysics and Astronomy Modeling Negative Thermal Expansion in ScF3
Jericho High SchoolFirstChiu Fan Bowen LoPhysics and Astronomy Near-Field Nanoscopy Simulation by Incorporating Harmonic Demodulation and Cone-Shaped Probing Tip
FirstShruthi ShekarBiomedical Health Science/Cell & Molecular Bio Binding of SOX Transcription Factors (TF) to MALAT1 lncRNA as an Effective Target for the Treatment of Breast Cancer Metastasis
FirstKendra ZhangEnergy: Chemical/ Chemistry Paper-based Microbial Fuel Cells for Self-powered Sustainable Disease Monitoring
SecondMutahara Nurit BhuiyanEnvironmental Engineering Sustainability in Water Treatment: Heavy Metal Remediation via Nitro-oxidized Carboxycellulose Nanofibers
SecondArianna PahlavanComputational Biology and Bioinformatics Solving Heterogeneities in Defibrillation for a Vascular Remodel of the Heart
SecondHannah PhiliposeTranslational Medical Science Potent Treatment for Retinal Degeneration: Transcriptional Regulator for PGC-1α Decreases Oxidative Stress in Retina
SecondDavid XuEmbedded Systems/Systems Software Write Anywhere: Filtering Low-cost IMU Data for Small-scale Motion Reproduction
Honorable MentionGabriella Isabel ShayaniBiomedical Health Science/Cell & Molecular Bio The Effect of Cigarette Smoke on Cardiomyocyte FTO and SERCA2a Expression, Viability and Contractility
John L. Miller Great Neck North High SchoolFirstNatasha Aviva DilamaniEmbedded Systems/Systems Software Typing Without Touch: A Touchscreen Acceessible Device for the Visually Impaired
FirstAmy ShteymanBehavioral and Social Sciences The Language of Facial Expressions: A Neuroimaging Study of how a Smile is Generated and Perceived by Another Person
Honorable MentionAaron GeulaBehavioral and Social Sciences Using fNIRS to Determine the Effects of Distractors on Neural Activity and Cross Brain Coherence
Kings Park High SchoolFirstMerrick H CaiMathematics Euclidean Geometry Through Quaternions
Lawrence High SchoolHonorable MentionZaiff Khan, John Chen, Anoushka GuhaBiochemistry/Biomedical Engineering/Microbiology 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
Long Beach High SchoolHonorable MentionVinny Steven PaganoMathematics Restoring Wild Oyster Reefs: Optimization of Population Sustainability Through Mathematical Modeling of Fertilization Dynamics
MacArthur High SchoolThirdHelen Zhang, Ruoxin Lu, Jarrad LiEnergy: Chemical/ Chemistry Optimizing Molar Ratios of Gold-Silver Alloy Nanoparticles to Enhance the Performance of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells
Manhasset High SchoolFirstFred ChuRobotics and Intelligent Machines/Engineering Mech Engineering a Novel Atomic Force Microscopy Based Nano-Stethoscope with Applications in Cancer Detection
FirstEmily Alexandra CruzEarth and Environmental Sciences Climate Change on Hudson and Gateway Estuaries
FirstSusan Xiaoshu WuEnergy: Physical/Materials Science An Investigation of a Simple, Inexpensive Apparatus for Lipid Nanoparticle Fabrication with Controllable Size and Dispersity with in vitro Applications
FirstVanessa J ZhangComputational Biology and Bioinformatics Molecular Characterization of Prioritized Non-coding Autism Mutations
ThirdTiffeny ChenEnergy: Chemical/ Chemistry Investigation of Electrochemically Modulating Hydrophobicity in Redox-Response Gels and Optimization for Selective Adsorption in Release of Organics
ThirdStephen John LeeEnergy: Physical/Materials Science Developing Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) Nanoparticle-Based Electrodes for Electrodynamic Screens (EDS) to Mitigate Soiling Effects in Solar Collectors
Honorable MentionWilliam L PengPhysics and Astronomy Exploring Hadronization in Quantum Chomodynamics through Semi-Inclusive Deep Inelastic Scattering
North Shore Hebrew Academy High SchoolFirstDylan Makani, Tong Cassandra Ye, Jacqueline Olivia BalestrieriEarth and Environmental Sciences Mitigation of TiO2 Stress and Characterization of a Putative Brassinosteroid Insensitive-1 Gene in Lemna minor
Honorable MentionTheodore David Berger, Ling ShiBiomedical Health Science/Cell & Molecular Bio Glutamate is a Regulator of the Bone-derived Hormone Sclerostin: A Potential Treatment for Bone Metabolism Diseases
North Shore High SchoolThirdJohn Anthony LabbateBiomedical Health Science/Cell & Molecular Bio Combination of BCL6 and BRD4 Targeted Therapy Agents Induces Synergistic Effects in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphomas
ThirdKate Weseley-JonesBehavioral and Social Sciences How Adoptable is that Doggie in the Photo? The Effects of Manipulating Photos on the Perceptions of Shelter Dogs
Honorable MentionVictoria Paige PaloneEarth and Environmental Sciences The Influence of Predicted Future Climatic Conditions on Habitat Range Suitability in Sister Taxon of Species of the Genus Brookesia
Honorable MentionJack Henry RosencransAnimal Sciences Diversity of Spongilla in Long Island waters
Northport High SchoolHonorable MentionIsabella DeBrinoEnergy: Physical/Materials Science The Effect of a Nano-Spike Surface Coating on Bacterial Growth in Biological Artifact Storage Containers
Honorable MentionKatie Marie Sierra, Brian Joel TorresAnimal Sciences Particle Filtration and Capture by Two Mussel Species: Response of Mussels to Algae and Surfactant Treated Particles
Honorable MentionJulianne Marie StarzeeAnimal Sciences Is the 6-Hydroxydopamine Lesion Rat Model for Parkinson's Disease a Viable Model to Use to Study the Neurobiology of Paradoxical Kinesia?
Oceanside High SchoolThirdJui PatelAnimal Sciences The Analysis of Malaclemys terrapin Fecal Matter as an Indicator of the Biomagnification of Microplastics
Honorable MentionGillian BartholomewComputational Biology and Bioinformatics Default Mode Network Connectivity Relates to Aesthetic Responsiveness
Paul D. Schreiber High SchoolThirdZachary David GruberBiochemistry/Biomedical Engineering/Microbiology Improving the Robustness of ICDs
ThirdMolly Ann McLoughlinEnvironmental Engineering Design and Implementation of a Filtration Mechanism to Remove Perfluorooctanoic Acid and Butylated Hydroxytoluene from Water
ThirdJoseph MelkonianMathematics Improving Player Value Approximation in Cooperative Transferable Utility Games
Honorable MentionJulia Karen RuskinBehavioral and Social Sciences The Impact of Lack of Access to Medical Care during Hurricane Sandy on Mental Health Symptoms
Plainview Old Bethpage JFK High SchoolFirstJulia ParkBiochemistry/Biomedical Engineering/Microbiology Targeting A Redox Dependency in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma
SecondJulia Catherine BrandensteinBiochemistry/Biomedical Engineering/Microbiology A Novel Method Utilizing Diffusion MRI to Determine Optimal Treatment Effectivness in Bipolar II Disorder
SecondJeongbin HwangEnergy: Physical/Materials Science Fabrication of Superhydrophobic and Oleophilic Meshes by Laser Induced Polymerization
ThirdSafia MirzaBehavioral and Social Sciences Novel Insight into the Neurobiological Underpinnings of Risky Decision Making During the Feedback Stage
ThirdKiana ZiadkhanpourComputational Biology and Bioinformatics Generation of Novel Fatty Acid Binding Protein (FABP) Inhibitors With Analgesic and Anti-cancer Properties
Rocky Point High SchoolThirdKyle MarklandEmbedded Systems/Systems Software A Novel Kalman Filter Latent State Estimator for GPS/INS Reference Point Acquisition
Roslyn High SchoolSecondElla EisenbergBehavioral and Social Sciences The Speed and Accuracy of Responses Based on the Presence of Peripheral Limb Motions as Visual Cues for Biological Motion Perception
ThirdJustin LeuBiomedical Health Science/Cell & Molecular Bio Identification of Clinically Derived COP1 Mutations in Melanoma
Honorable MentionMatthew Elan BermanBiomedical Health Science/Cell & Molecular Bio The Pancreatic Cancer Microbiome Promotes Oncogenesis by Induction of Innate and Adaptive Immune Suppression
Honorable MentionSpencer Robert LazarBehavioral and Social Sciences Worth a Shot? The Effectiveness of Various Public Health Messages on People's Intent to Get Vaccinated
Sacred Heart AcademyHonorable MentionCasey Keller LeimbachBiomedical Health Science/Cell & Molecular Bio The Dissociative Action of Dicer1 on R-loops
Sanford H. Calhoun High SchoolHonorable MentionKyle PilottiEarth and Environmental Sciences Predicted and Observed Wind Speed Profiles at Southampton, NY
Sayville High SchoolSecondSohum ShethAnimal Sciences Geospatial Analysis of the Distribution of Sea Turtles and Shark Sightings off the Coast of Long Island, New York
ThirdMackenzie Layne DamonEarth and Environmental Sciences Analysis of Mutagenicity and Sublethal Response on Eisenia fetida when Exposed to Roundup
ThirdNita Susan GeorgeAnimal Sciences Geospatial Analysis of Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida) Distribution Infected with Southern Pine Bark Beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis), Sans Souci County Park, New York
Smithtown High School EastFirstSydney BrachtAnimal Sciences A Reverse Genetic Approach to Identify Novel Regulators of Cell Invasive Behavior
FirstMatthew Ryan MullahyBehavioral and Social Sciences Alterations in Oligodendroglia Lineage Cells and Their Impact in Major Depressive Disorder
ThirdShrey Digesh ThakerBiomedical Health Science/Cell & Molecular Bio The Role of miR-34a in Colorectal Cancer Racial Health Disparity
Honorable MentionAlexis Lauren McCauley-PearlEnergy: Chemical/ Chemistry Cellulose-Based Filtration for Lead Removal for Potable Water
Smithtown High School WestSecondSarah Elizabeth AdamoAnimal Sciences Acetylcholine and Nicotine Potentiate Currents in Cells Isolated from the Sea Anemone Nematostella vectensis
St. Anthony's High SchoolHonorable MentionMeghan Brady-Fuchsman, Elizabeth Ruggiero, Sonia SarjuEarth and Environmental Sciences ZnO NP Regulation: Identification of the IRT1 Ortholog in Lemna minor
Syosset High SchoolFirstRadhika PatelBiomedical Health Science/Cell & Molecular Bio Riluzole Rescues Non-Canonical Akt Signaling and Improves Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Vascular Pathology
SecondMonet Lou YuanBiomedical Health Science/Cell & Molecular Bio Synthetic Lethality Assay of the PIM1 and PIM2 Genes
ThirdJustin Ross CohenBehavioral and Social Sciences PTSD Symptom Severity in 9/11 Responders: Associations with Anxiety Sensitivity and Distress Tolerance
The Wheatley SchoolSecondEmily WangEarth and Environmental Sciences The Use of Electrospun Molybdenum Disulfide Nanofibers for Air Gap Membrane Water Desalination
Honorable MentionJohn Tianci LiRobotics and Intelligent Machines/Engineering Mech Three Efficient Inventions That Work Together to Reduce the Time and Cost of Automobile Transmission Fluid and Filter Changes by 3/4th
Honorable MentionRebecca Lily Sparacio, Lance LampertBiomedical Health Science/Cell & Molecular Bio Identification and Characterization of the DELLA protein in L. minor
W. Tresper Clarke High SchoolSecondAashini Samir ShahEnergy: Chemical/ Chemistry Investigating a New Synthetic Route for Trifluoromethylated Dithienylethene Photoswitches Utilizing Monohalogenated Reactants
Honorable MentionYuktha Chiguripati, Hitangee Mitesh Jain, Nicholas Anthony VenturiniEarth and Environmental Sciences Pretreatment of Brassica rapa with Pyrabactin Increases Tolerance to High Salinity
Waldorf School of Garden CityThirdRachael Kang, Shawn KangRobotics and Intelligent Machines/Engineering Mech Unsupervised Image Filtering using Generative Adversarial Networks
Ward Melville High SchoolSecondAshley A FuchsPhysics and Astronomy Simulation and Measurement of Ultra-Low Beam Emittance
SecondMichael Kaiyuan LuBiomedical Health Science/Cell & Molecular Bio MicroRNAs Contribute to Angiotensin II-Mediated Regulation of Transmural Electrical Remodeling in the Heart
ThirdKathleen Nguyen EsfahanyComputational Biology and Bioinformatics Organization of Neural Population Code in Mouse Visual System
West Islip High SchoolFirstLuke HarrisAnimal Sciences Extracting DNA from Killer Whale Mucus as a Non-invasive Alternative to the Use of Biopsy Darts