High school students shine at science and engineering fair

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Northport High School science research seniors recently presented their cutting-edge science projects at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair on Feb. 5.

Isabella DeBrino researched The Effect of the Knockdown of the ERRF11 and MAPK3 Proteins in HPCs Using siRNA on the Phosphorylation of the Erk Pathway in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer With or Without the Presence of Crizotinib. Danielle Levanti worked with students from Eastport South Manor High School to research the complete structural refinement and analysis of the protein, Anaplasma phagocytophilum tRNA (guanine-N1)-methyltransferase. Jonah Thomas studied the effects of the P57KIP2 Expression Gene on the Glucocorticoid Dexamethasone’s Function in Culture Peripheral Blood Derived CD34+ Cells

Danielle will move on to the next round of the LISEF competition in March for a chance to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May.

More than 30 science research students from the high school, as well as the district’s middle schools, will compete at the upcoming Long Island Science Congress or the Broadcom Masters event this spring.

“Impressive does not even begin to capture the outstanding accomplishments of these young scientists,” District Chairperson of Science, Technology and Engineering Education David Storch said.