Yosan Mengesha

Yosan graduated in 2019 with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He was born Ethiopia and his interests are in medicine. 

His research area at CU was the connection between rising inflammation and the rising risk of stress-related psychotic disorders. The project he completed tested the hypothesis that immunization with a heat-killed preparation of an immunoregulatory bacterium, Mycobacterium Vaccae, can induce a shift toward a more proactive behavioral response to psychosocial stress. This project has implications for people who suffer from psychiatric disorders, as this has the potential to be of better aid.

Yosan's McNair Scholar mentor was Kaitlyn Davis. His faculty advisor was Christopher Lowry.