Leicester–Gondar PhD programme sees its first alumnus

Posted by pt91 at Jul 31, 2013 01:25 PM |
First student to be awarded PhD under longstanding link with university in Ethiopia
Leicester–Gondar PhD programme sees its first alumnus

The Royal Enclosure in Gondar, which was once the capital of Ethiopia. Photo: © Ila Patel

The Leicester–Gondar PhD programme has its first graduate: Baye Gelaw Tarekegn successfully defended his thesis on 3 July and has been awarded a PhD subject to amendments.

The programme is designed to develop sustainable research at Gondar University in Ethiopia through collaborations with the University of Leicester and Ethiopian academics at a range of other institutions. Baye is based in the Faculty of Medicine at Gondar, and his research has focused on a number of aspects of the diagnosis, progression and treatment of tuberculosis (TB).

Baye’s work was supervised by Professor Mike Barer in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation and Dr Abraham Aseffa of the Armauer Hansen Research Institute in Addis Ababa. Prof Barer said: ‘It has been a pleasure and a fascinating experience to work with Baye and Abraham. I am delighted with the outcome and look forward to taking our studies further. Baye is to be congratulated on a terrific achievement.’

The Leicester–Gondar PhD programme, which is managed by Dr Mark Goodwin in GENIE, is supported by the University of Leicester and Gondar University and evolved from a long-standing link between health professionals in the two institutions established by Professor Mike Silverman. Other current projects include the genetics of important agricultural crops and aspects of maternal health.

If you would like to know more about the PhD programme, please contact Dr Mark Goodwin on email majg1@le.ac.uk.