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The 8 Siemens finalists from Long Island

8 of the best

in the nation

Research projects for the eight Long Island regional finalists in the Siemens competition:

Ashley Chapin, 17, senior at Lawrence High School in Cedarhurst: found that certain types of drugs block the effect of what are called GABA receptors in breast cancer cells, slowing down the progress of the cancer to a pace that will allow the cancer to be removed.

Kevin Chen, 17, senior, Ward Melville High School in East Setauket: found a bridge between how two classes of genes in the fruit fly embryo communicate, which can further the understanding of genetics in the developing embryo.

Nevin Daniel, 17, senior, Ward Melville High School in East Setauket: developed a new type of cancer drug delivery system using a nanoparticle called a dendrimer to deliver a more controlled release and higher payload of the drug specifically targeted to cancer cells.

Sanjay Palat, 16, senior, Smithtown High School East in St. James: worked with Daryl Chang from Saratoga High School in California on a project studying stem cell differentiation using hydrogels, a biocompatible material, to figure out how scientists can control how stem cells differentiate.

Sonya Prasad, 17, senior, The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, and Nikhil Mehandru, 17, senior at Roslyn High School in Roslyn Heights: teamed up with Santhosh Narayan of Munster High School in Indiana to create a dual system that would allow doctors to detect cancer with a biosensor and treat the cancer using hydrogel therapy, a targeted drug delivery system.

Anna Sato, 16, junior, Ward Melville High School, and Emmanuel Kim, 17, senior, Ward Melville High School: teamed up to work on an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient water-filtration system that uses tree fibers to eliminate viruses and bacteria from water.

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