Melaku is originally from Ethiopia and moved to Portland, OR in 2009. After finishing up high school in Portland, Melaku matriculated to Johns Hopkins University on a full ride as a Gates Millennium Scholar. He completed his degrees in Molecular & Cell Biology and Neuroscience in May 2017 with an induction to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. While at Hopkins, Melaku studied abroad at St. Anne’s College at the University of Oxford for one year in the Department of Biochemistry. Currently, he’s a first-year medical student at Harvard Medical School on Dean’s and President’s Public Service Award covering his tuition and room and board.
During his time at Hopkins, Melaku was dedicated to tutoring inmates in Baltimore jails and prisons in math and reading with the aim of helping them pass their GEDs exams when they become returning citizens.Melaku also has extensive experience serving as a teaching assistant for pre-medical courses including Chemistry and Nervous Systems at Johns Hopkins for two years. During the summer of 2016-2017, Melaku was also a pre-medical advisor for the Atlantis Project in Greece and Italy working closely with over 200 fellows.
In his free time, Melaku enjoys science writing, soccer, traveling, and reading books. Most recently, he enjoys lifting, playing board games, and knitting.