NAVS Humane Science Award Recipients at Intel ISEF


Andrea Teofirst prize: $5000
Translational Medical Science: Developing a High-throughput Platform for Drug Toxicity Screening

Katherine Milessecond prize: $2000
Cellular and Molecular Biology: Autism and Genetics: Understanding the Role of AUTS2 in the Pathology of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Vishakk Rajendran, Meena Ravishankar, Jeremy Wang, third prize: $1000
Animal Sciences: Developing a Novel 3D-Printed Solution to Aid Healing Fractured Wing Bones of Wild Birds


Ralph Lawtonfirst prize: $5000

Biomedical and Health Sciences: The Smoking Gun: Toxicological Effects of Electronic Cigarettes on Epithelial Cells using Air Liquid Interface, Year Two

Meghana Raosecond prize: $2000

Biochemistry: The Differential Effect of Opioids on Breast Cancer Cell Pro-Survival and Pro-Apoptotic Pathways

Rama Balasubramaniam, third prize: $1000

Biomedical Engineering: The Mechanisms of Glioblastoma Migration in a Bioengineered 3D Brain Model


Anisha Valluri, first prize: $5000
Biomedical and Health Sciences: 3D Tumor Model for Testing Anticancer Drugs

Ralph Lawton, second prize: $2000
Biomedical and Health Sciences: Don’t be Led Ashtray: Toxicological Effects of Electronic Cigarettes on Inflammation and Lung Cell Viability with Comparison by Brand, Flavor, and Generation

Karina Schmidt, third prize: $1000
Biomedical and Health Sciences: Diabetic Stem Cell Derived Cardiomyocytes in Disease Modeling and Therapeutic Discovery


Sara Sakowitz, first prize: $5000
A Novel Approach for Metastatic Breast Cancer Therapy: Pharmacological Inhibition of EZH2 Histone Methyl Transferase Activity Suppresses Cancer Stem Cells and Induces Epithelial Phenotype

Elizabeth Sobolik, second prize: $2000
Cellular and Molecular Biology: Generating iPSCs [induced pluripotent stem cells] from Human Adipocytes for Differentiation into Nociceptive Neurons

Golda Shaw, third prize: $1000
Medicine and Health Sciences: Development of a Novel Blood-Based Diagnostic for Canine Lymphosarcoma


Savannah Tobin, first prize: $5000
Analysis of Fel d 1 Allergen Transcripts in Felis catus Saliva using Reverse Transcription Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-qPCR)

Samantha Marie Marquez, second prize: $2000
Advances in the Bottom-Up Assembly of Multicellular Architectures From Neuroengineering to Biodefense

Kelsey Mackenzie Barter, third prize: $1000
Targeting Survivin as a Potential Cancer Therapeutic


David Liu, first prize: $5000
Synthetic Nanoparticle-Based Nanozymes for Pancreatic Cancer Therapy

Raghav Tripathi, second prize: $2000
Toward the Cure: Abnormal Protein Interactions between Amyloid Beta and Tau as a Therapeutic Target for Alzheimer’s Disease

Samantha Marquez, third prize: $1000
A New Frontier in Biomedical Engineering: Ex-situ Bioengineering of Hepato- & Neuro-Celloidosomes


Jayanth Krishman , first prize: $5000
Regulatory Signatures of Cancer Cell Lines Inferred from Gene Expression Data

Abraham Killanin and Evan Schneider, second prize (shared between team members): $2000
The Effects of Gold and Platinum Nanoparticles on Dental Pulp Stem Cell Growth and Differentiation

Neal Pathak, third prize, $1000
Polyfunctionalized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes as Novel Scaffolds for Multimodal Tumor-Targeted Therapy and Biological Imaging


Philip Schlenoff, first prize: $5000
Antibody-Coated Magnetic Nanoparticles: Targeting and Treating Cancer in a Dynamic Environment

Vivian Leungsecond prize: $2000
Morphological and Functional Characteristics of Lower Female Genital Tract Epithelial Cell Cultures in Different Growth Conditions

Athman Adiseshanthird prize: $1000
Ethology of Friendship among Adult Male Bonnet Macaques (Macaca radiata) at Arunachala Hill, India


Jane Suh, first prize: $5000
Microscale Platform for Determining Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Fate

Monica Chowdhury, second prize: $2000
Neural Network Modeling—An Innovative Time and Cost Efficient Approach for Anti-Cancer Drug Development

Jennifer Draiss, tied for third prize: $1000
Facial Expression and Its Relationship to Gesture in Western Lowland Gorillas

Alexander Chernyakhovsky, tied for third prize: $1000
Designing Heterologous Influenza Vaccine for New Pandemic Pathogen Emerging in Humans Infected with Avian Influenza


Shivani Sud, first prize: $5000
Genomic Strategy to Refine Prognosis and Treatment of Early Stage Colon Cancer

Yale Stern Michaels, second prize: $2000
A Novel Smart shRNA System for Disease Diagnosis and Therapy

Sushma Kola, third prize: $1000
Overexpression of Aquaporin-1 in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer


Carol Yoon Joo Suh, first prize: $5000
Integrated Microfluidic Device for the Development of Human Embryonic
Stem Cells

Dayan (Jack) Li, second prize: $2000
Thrombospondin-1 Switches Nitric Oxide Function from Inhibitory to Stimulatory for Gene Expression of Human Tumor Endothelial Cell Markers

Alex Ramek and Adam Fields, third prize: $1000
Detecting Cancer in Living Tissue with Single-Cell Precision


Charles Dyer, first prize: $5000
The Function of a Novel Apoptosis Regulating Protein, XAF-1C, in Breast Cancer Research.

Anneke Schwob, second prize: $2000
A Novel Role for Telomerase in Stem Cell Differentiation.

Anelise do Santos Klein, third prize: $1000
Animal Caring—An Educational Proposal.


Alan Ho-Yin Gee, first prize: $5000
Metastable Conformations in the Secondary Structure of the Poly(A) Signal in Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type-1

Jijun Chow, second prize: $2000 
Use of Homology Modeling and Molecular Docking to Map Retinoid Binding Sites on Protein Kinase C

Jeff Silpe, third prize:$1000
Evaluations of MMP and TIMP Expression in Human Pediatric Brian Tumors


Shamita Chaudhuri, first prize: $5000  
Microarray Analysis Reveals Glucocorticoid-regulated Survival Genes that Are Associated with Inhibition of Apoptosis in Breast Epithelial Cells

Lascelles Ewen Lyn-Cook, second prize: $2000
Indole-3-Carbinol Protects Normal Neuronal Cells (HCN-1) and Kills Brain Cancer Cells (SK-N) by Downregulating Clyclooxygenase-2 and Nuclear Factor KAPPA B: In vitro Analyses

Elena Leah Glassman, third prize: $1000
Brain-Computer Interface for the Muscularly Disabled


Samantha Feingold, first prize: $5,000
Histone Protein Promotion with Trichostatin A on Gene Expression of Human Bladder and Prostrate Cancer Cells

Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, second prize: $2,000
Disease Propagation Through Connective Paths: Application of the Small World Theory to Epidemic Modelling

Nicholas Semenkovich, third prize: $1,000
Using Bioinformatics to Analyze the Effects of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms on Disease


Megan Hamilton, first prize: $5,000
Can Metabolite Standards Be Produced from Human Hepatic Cells for Use in Forensic Toxicology?

NAVS Humane Science Award Recipients at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Fair


Julian Terrell Otis, first prize: $500
The Effects of Opioids on Chemokine Production

Andrew Bevis, second prize: $200
Raf-Kinase Inhibitor Protein Induces Cell Proliferation in PC-3 Prostate CancerCells

Mariana Aviles, third prize: $100
The Effects of TGF-Beta on SZP Production


Allen Jiang, first prize: $500
The Role of PAK on Cx43 Dephosphorylation

Ekaterina Khramtsova, second prize: $200
Proteasome Inhibitors in Cancer

Katie Rosman and Becky Daniel, third prize (shared between team members): $100
Man’s Best Friend? The Search for MRSA in Dog Owners and Their Dogs


Jimmy Liu and Hyunjii Cho, first prize: $500 each
The Detection of Differences between Normal and Cancerous Stem Cells

John Mussman, second prize: $200
Computer-Aided Diagnosis of Gastric Cancer

Sushma Kola, third prize: $100         
Overexpression of Aquaporin-1 in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer


Qadija Qadri, first prize: $500
EphB4 Amplification: Effect on Tumor Proteins

Jonathan Dean Loucks, second prize: $200
Predicting Secondary Protein Structure: An Analysis of Ab initio and Homology Based Modeling

Robin David and Julia Lechowicz, third prize: $100 each 
p53 as a Prognostic Tool in Determining the Aggressiveness of Cancer


Areen Pitaktong, first prize: $500
The Role of MAN2A2 Expression in Glioma Proliferation and Invasivity

Alicia Walker, second prize: $200
The Epigenetic Role of RANKL in Osteoporosis

Damiana Andonova, third prize: $100
The Effect of Hormone Therapies on the Apoptosis of Ovarian Cancer Cells