Dawit Teferi Mengistu

Dawit Teferi Mengistu

Immunology Program Graduate Student Candidate
NIH - F31 Fellowship


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.

Research Interests

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