My name is Michael Melesse and I am from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. I lived in Addis, a city of 3+ million people and the seat of the African Union, until I completed my high school education. I then moved to Portland, Oregon for my undergraduate studies at Reed College where I received a B.A. in biochemistry & molecular biology in 2008.
After graduating, I worked for a year as a research assistant at the Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) studying the Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase (Alk).
I entered the biochemistry graduate program at Purdue in fall of 2009 and joined the Dr. Mark Hall’s group after rotating in four labs during my first year. The Hall lab focuses, among other things, on studying the cell cycle regulated Ubiquitin ligase, APC. I am looking forward to combining genetic, biochemical and mass spectroscopy techniques to study cell cycle regulation in yeast.