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Dawit M

- Research Program Mentor

Industry expert at University of Montana


Immunology, Microbiology


Hi, I'm Dawit! I am a PhD candidate in Immunology at the University of Michigan. I study COPD, a lung inflammatory disease that affects over 20 million people in the USA. I graduated from the University of Montana with my B.S in Human Biology with a specialization on Immunology, and have worked at a wide range of immunology, genetic and microbiology labs. I have mentored multiple college undergrads in labs, and have mentored first-year PhD students as well I joined Polygence because I think it is an awesome way to be able to help people who are hungry to learn, grow and discover through science. Without a mentor in my first lab (shout-out to Dr. Jim Reed!), I wouldn't be in such a great environment today. A little about me, my hobbies include running, cycling, chess, music, and soccer!

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Why aren't Regulatory Immune Cells doing their Jobs in COPD?

COPD is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects mostly smokers. Regulatory cells, such as T-reg cells, usually keep inflammation in check. But in COPD, that inflammation is allowed to last, damaging the lung. Why are these regulatory cells not doing their job? Let's find out!

Teaching experience

Former TA at University of Montana for Chemistry. Ph.D Mentor at University of Michigan, mentoring first-year Ph.D students. DEI Mentor for Black students ranging from high school to college


Work experience

University of Montana (2018 - 2019)
Researcher in Immunology studying Bacteriophage


University of Montana
BS Bachelor of Science (2018)
Human Biology, specialized in Immunology

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