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Maedot Yidenk



Maedot Yidenk was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She moved to the United States when she was nine and continued her education in Seattle, Washington. Maedot is a senior at the University of Washington, studying Microbiology. She is currently working as a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Liane, in which they are trying to find an association between air pollution and cognitive decline (i.e. Alzheimer). The research involves deploying air monitors, organizing and analyzing database, and conducting her own research under the Cohort. Maedot’s personal research  focused on determining whether there is an association between the level of air pollution exposure in relation with economic status and ethnic background in the state of Washington. Ultimately, Maedot wants to work on research that focuses on children, where she will constantly seek to understand the effect the environment has on a child’s developing brain and the neurological pathways involved. In understanding, it is her highest ambition to increase what we know about the brain as a society and its functions, thus preventing people from being vulnerable to mental disorders, societal disengagement (i.e. apathy), drug addiction, and cognitive disorders. In her spare time, Maedot loves to travel, she has visited  seventeen countries and thirty-six cities around the world from Europe to Africa to South East Asia to the Americas. Maedot also enjoys reading and engaging in outdoor activities such as biking, hiking or just a nice walk.  In addition,  she spends her spare time tutoring younger kids in her community and helping out at her local food bank.