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Science Research with Dr. Runco (11th & 12th Grade)

At North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, our goal is  to enhance the scientific education of students by incorporating hands-on research experiences outside of the classroom.  Our student researchers have participated in research projects at top-tier institutions, such as Harvard University, Stony Brook University, and The Feinstein Institute. Our goal is to help students continue their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in leading laboratories.  Many of our students present their work at regional and national conferences, and often win awards for their cutting-edge work.  We welcome you to browse through our site and consider participating in a research project and/or science competitions!
North Shore Announces...
The following students have been selected to the following Internships for Summer 2018. Good job everyone!

Aaron Lavi - 

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Lenox Hill - Laboratory of Dimitar Avtanski, PhD

"Resistin Interferes with Insulin Signaling by Mediating GLUT4 and CAP1 Cellular Translocation"


Ethan Abizadeh - 

Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) - Laboratory of Dr. Richard Gross


Dylan Makani -

Columbia University Medical Center - Agalliu Laboratory

Department of Neurology


Matan Atlas -

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research - Laboratory of Lionel Blanc, PhD

Associate Professor, Laboratory of Developmental Erythropoiesis,

Center for Autoimmune, Musculoskeletal and Hematopoietic Diseases,


Noah Mueller - 

iResearch Institute


Jack Applebaum - 

iResearch Institute


Aaron Ishal -  

iResearch Institute


Ari Ostrow -  

The Cooper Union - Laboratory of Professor Yash Risbud


Digital Electronics for the Inventor


Hannah Shedlo -  

Cooper Union Summer Stern Program - Laboratory of Professor Sam Keene

Department of Electrical Engineering

Internet of Things


Abby Aranbaev -  

Cooper Union Summer Stern Program - Laboratory of Professor Daniel Lepek & Professor Jennifer Weiser

Department of Chemical Engineering

Developing Alternative Fuels to Help Solve the Global Energy Crisis


Eden Schneck -  

University of Pennsylvania 

The Wharton School

Leadership in the Business World



The 2018 International ISOPO (International Scientific Online Project Olympiad) Environment, Energy, Engineering, Art Competition

April 24, 2018 - Here are the results!:


BRONZE AWARD - Eden Schneck, Ethan Abizadeh, Ella Shakin - "CuClean: Antimicrobial Copper Hygiene Solution" - Category: Engineering & Design


SILVER AWARD - Scott Soifer - "The Heat Free Car - Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention System (Second-Generation Prototype)" - Category: Engineering & Design



4 North Shore Finalists announced on April 5th! Congratulations! 
Eden Schneck, Ethan Abizadeh, Ella Shakin - "CuClean: Antimicrobial Copper Hygiene Solution" - Category: Engineering & Design
Scott Soifer - "The Heat Free Car - Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention System (Second-Generation Prototype)" - Category: Engineering & Design


Dylan Makani Won 1st Place for Long Island Science and Engineering Fair! 




He worked in collaboration with Jacqueline Balestrieri (St. Anthony’s High School) and Tong Cassandra Ye (Half Hollow Hills East High School) and the title of their project is  "Mitigation of TiO2 Stress and Characterization of a Putative Brassinosteroid Insensitive-1 Gene in Lemna minor".  Pictures attached.

This is the THIRD year in a row NSHAHS moves on to the International Science and Engineering Fair!

Dylan is an active research student involved in Dr. Lisa Runco's Science Research Program and performed this work through the iResearch Summer Program at Nassau Community College.

Congratulations and Good Luck Dylan and Team!!

2017-2018 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Honorable Mention Winners

Congrats to North Shore Juniors Eden Schneck, Ella Shakin, and Ethan Abizadeh!

Title: CuClean: Antimicrobial Case and Hygienic Surface

Description:  CuClean, an EPA - certified antimicrobial copper storage case that opens into a hygienic placemat. Handling the CuClean case rapidly sanitizes hands and the placemat provides a hygienic surface.

This honor is awarded to approximately the top 10% of all ExploraVision projects submitted to this national competition.
Scott Soifer Honored
Scott Soifer was honored by the Town of North Hempstead at Town Hall last night, as a Semifinalist of the Regeneron Science Talent Search, one of the nation’s most prestigious science competitions for high school students. Read the letter to North Shore's Dr. Lisa Runco below:
Dear Dr. Runco,

Thank you for coming to Town Hall to celebrate the accomplishments of our students in Town of North Hempstead. 
Please find a picture of Scott Soifer below. I am sure this is only the beginning for Mr. Soifer.


Councilwoman Anna Kaplan
Scott Soifer (center w/ award); Dr. Lisa Runco (white scarf)
8 North Shore Students Compete at LISEF
(Long Island Science and Engineering Fair)
(l-r)  Theodore Berger, Aaron Lavi, Matan Atlas, Benjamin Gilman, Ruben Prawer, Scott Soifer, Dylan Makani. In front - Eden Schneck

Eight of our students participated in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF) at Crest Hollow Country Club yesterday, February 6th.  Two of our students qualified for Round 2 - 10th grader Dylan Makani and 9th grader Theodore Berger!  Round 2 will be held at Crest Hollow Country Club on March 7, 2018.

Theodore Berger’s Research Project:  "Glutamate is a Regulator of the Bone-derived Hormone Sclerostin: A Potential
Treatment for Bone Metabolism Diseases".  Theo performed this work at Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Genetics and Development, in collaboration with his partner Ling Shi (far left) (Great Neck South High School).

Dylan Makani’s Research Project:  "Mitigation of TiO2 Stress and Characterization of a Putative Brassinosteroid Insensitive-1 Gene in Lemna minor". Dylan performed this work through the iResearch Summer Program at Nassau Community College.  Dylan teamed up with Jacqueline Balestrieri (St. Anthony’s High School) and Tong Cassandra Ye (Half Hollow Hills East High School) to perform the research work. 

Congratulations to Scott Soifer as a Regeneron Science Talent Search Semi-Finalist!
Click  HERE to read all about it! 
Read more by clicking on the links below for
The Great Neck Record and Newsday's Way To Go section!
North Shore has not just 1...
Congratulations Jason Kurlander and Dylan Makani!
Jason Kurlander 12th grade
Research Project:  "Characterizing In Situ mTG Crosslinked Gelatin Hydrogels with Encapsulated Dental Pulp Stem Cells for Cell Delivery in Applications of Regenerative Medicine"
Dylan Makani  10th grade
Research Project: "Mitigation of TiO2 stress and characterization of a putative Brassinosteroid Insensitive-1 gene in Lemna minor"
Click on the links below to read more in the Newsday and other links below!


Sophomore Ethan Abizadeh was awarded Honorable Mention in Environmental Science at the SAAWA Science Competition on April 23rd.  Ethan's work examined "The Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Fruit Fly Reproduction Rate." Dr. Lisa Runco primarily works with Juniors and Seniors, but if a 10th grader has a project that can be advanced to senior level competitions, competition is ON! Excellent work Ethan!

Sophomore Eden Schneck has been invited to intern during Summer 2017 in the laboratory of Dr. David Thanassi, Ph.D., Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, Center for Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook University - School of Medicine.

Congratulations Eden!  Great job!

Science Research New News!!


Ben Gilman has been accepted into the High School Research Program at Brookhaven National Laboratory this summer. The HSRP is a highly competitive six week education program for students interested in pursuing STEM studies. Specifically, Ben has been selected to work in the Computer Science & Mathematics Department.

Great job Ben!  

Arielle Rothman has been selected as a Winner/Honorable Mention for The American Society of Human Genetics 2017 DNA Day International Essay Contest.  Arielle’s essay was selected from over 650 submitted essays to reach the final round.  The announcement of winners will take place on DNA Day, Tuesday, April 25th.  Please note: This is the 2nd year NSHAHS has placed in this International competition - Stacy Okin was an Honorable Mention in 2016.

Excellent work Arielle!

Amazing Update!!  SCOTT SOIFER Takes 1st Place at LISEF!!
North Shore Hebrew Academy HS Student Wins 1st Place at
Long Island Science & Engineering Fair.  
He now heads to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in California!!!
Mazel Tov to Scott Soifer!


        Scott Soifer   (Grade 11)


      "The Heat Free Car - Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention System"

(Second-Generation Prototype) 


      L.I.S.E.F.  Long Island Science & Engineering Fair


North Shore has 3 students advancing to Round 2 in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair competition!  This is a tremendous honor and a very exciting opportunity for these students.  Special thanks to the NSHAHS Science Research Coordinator, Dr. Lisa Runco.  Students will be competing on March 23rd, at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY.

Congratulations and good luck to:


                                      Shani Kahan (Grade 12)

                                                         Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Majestic Backlink Exporter 



       Arielle Rothman (Grade 12)

       Design of a Functional Assay to Induce Stem Cell-Derived Beta Cell Maturation 




                                 Scott Soifer (Grade 11)

      The Heat Free Car - Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention System (Second-Generation Prototype) 

The only 2 students from Long Island to be selected as Finalists
Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge* Finalists @ NSHAHS!   
The amazing team of juniors Ben and Noah has done it again!
They've made it into the Round 3 Top 10 Finalists in their
category of Cyber-Technology & Security.  
With the amazing guidance of North Shore's Dr. Lisa Runco, juniors Ben Gilman and Noah Oberstein made it through the first two very challenging selection rounds with flying colors. The first round included a short introductory video, the second round a full-length video and detailed paper outlining how to start their business; complete with a marketing and financial plan to get their new anti-phishing App from the planning stage to reality. Ben and Noah have been invited to the Spirit of Innovation Summit for the Final Round 3 Competition where they will present their business concept to a panel of judges. As an international competition, Ben and Noah will be competing with students from various states in the USA to Thailand to Australia.  Their team’s business plan scored in the top 10% percent of the submissions in their category, Cyber-Technology & Security.  Their team name is BNGO Tech, and they created an app called PhishNet, which is a community-driven computer application to prevent phishing. What a great opportunity!
Congratulations and Best of Luck into the FINALS this coming April  26 - 29, at the
Kennedy Space Center in Cocoa Beach, Florida!!
Ben Gilman (left):  BNGO Tech - PhishNet
Ben is a big fan of science research, competes on the Math Team and Tennis Team. 
Noah Oberstein (right):  BNGO Tech - PhishNet
Noah is also a big science research fan and is involved in Israel Awareness, Model Congress,
and the Computer Science Club.
* The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge is an international competition founded by Nancy Conrad in honor of her late husband, astronaut, innovator, and entrepreneur Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr.  The Conrad Challenge is an annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurial competition that brings together a dynamic community of young innovator in a collaborative movement to develop extraordinary and viable solutions to benefit our world in four areas : Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber-Technology & Security, Energy & Environment, and Health & Nutrition.



CONGRATULATIONS to Scott Soifer on securing this exciting internship!

This summer, Scott Soifer will be working in the laboratory of Katia Bertoldi, PhD at

Harvard's School of Engineering & Applied Sciences.


BIG NEWS !!!!!!!

We have 4 semifinalists in the very prestigious national Conrad Spirit of Innovation Competition

Mazel Tov to:

Ben Gilman:  BNGO Tech - PhishNet
Benji Kalmanowitz:  The Heatstroke Preventers - Heat-Free Car (Life Saver): Second Generation
Noah Oberstein:  BNGO Tech - PhishNet
Scott Soifer:  The Heatstroke Preventers - Heat-Free Car (Life Saver): Second Generation

This is quite an accomplishment.
Also thank you to Dr. Lisa Runco, faculty member of our Science Research team for her excellent instruction and mentorship.

Take a look at the post on the NSHA HS Science Research Website