Yalemtsehay Mekonnen was elected as an AAS Fellow in 2020. As a fellow, Yalemtsehay Mekonnen contributes to the development of the Academy’s strategic direction through participation in AAS activities and governance structures. . This gears the Academys vision of transforming african lives through science.
Yalemtsehay Mekonnen is a Professor of Cell and Human Physiology. She is an academic staff in the Department of Biology at the College of Natural and Computational Sciences of the Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. She has extensively published in different peer reviewed scientific journals on topics of respiratory physiology, medicinal plants and other related topics. She has advised many MSc and PhD students. In leadership positions she was involved and has initiated a number of national and international research networks and collaborations. She has also mentored young professionals specially women over the last three decades. She was awarded research grants and fellowships nationally from Ethiopian Science and Technology Commission and Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization and internationally from the British Council, the International Foundation for Science, Third World Academy of Sciences, the German Academic Exchange Service and the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. She had a number of short research stays in German universities namely; University of Heidelberg, Martin Luther University Halle, University of Kassel, University of Hohenheim, in England in London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and in Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust and in Japan in Primate Research Institute in Inhyoma City. She has presented extensively her research results in national, regional and international scientific and professional meetings and conferences. She received the 2015 the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards for high achievement for women in science. She has been appointed as Ambassador Scientist by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany as part of a worldwide network for excellence in science since 2016. She is elected as a fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) as of January 2022.