Dawit Mengistu is a second year Ph.D. student at UM Immunology. Dawit graduated from The University of Montana with his B.S. in Human Biology. In Montana, he worked on studying the effects of Atrazine on CD4+ cells, and on bacteriophage produced by P. Aeruginosa. He also was an NCAA track/cross country athlete for the Grizzlies. Dawit joined UM PIBS as a Rackham Merit Fellow in June 2019, and and picked Dr. Christine Freeman's lab to complete his thesis.
Dawit is currently looking at how the loss of T-reg cells can affect COPD pathogenesis. He is also researching T-reg/DC crosstalk in COPD, and how T-cells can play a role in higher levels of NK cytotoxicity in COPD.
Flow Cytometry, PCR, Mouse Dissection, Protein Assays
2019: Rackham Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan
2018: President's Award for Student Diversity Leadership, University of Montana
2014-2016: 3x NCAA Big-Sky All-Conference Academic Award Recipient
Spring 2018: Studying the Effects of Atrazine-Induced Estrogen on the Development of CD4+ T-Cells; University of Montana Conference of Undergraduate Research
Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities
When not in the lab, you can find Dawit running on some trails, losing a game of chess, or enjoying a meal at one of Ann Arbor's great restaurants