What is your name, department, and university?:
Habtamu Tassew T., Department of Veterinary Medicine, Mekelle University
Describe a time when you overcame a great challenge:
It was my first challenge and great opportunity to work with pure pastoralists where it looked difficult to collect samples from apparently healthy animals during my research work. We overcame this challenge through providing volunteer veterinary services and friendly approach especially with local community leaders. Publication of research findings on reputable journals was a bit challenging for me so far, however I came to know and have experience through the training and experiences I got from the ‘Livestock Innovation Lab.’
What is the “elevator speech” for your job?:
I am a Scholar from East Africa, Ethiopia and I have been studying Camel Brucellosis: Its Public Health and Economic Impact in Pastoralists, in Mehoni District, South Eastern Tigray region. The findings of this study definitely generate the potential risk factors associated with the spread of the disease in animals and human-being, and an estimated economic loss due to camel brucellosis in the district. The study will also help the local agro-pastoralists understand the impact of camel brucellosis in their livelihood and search for control options in dialogue with policy makers, since camels are the most adapting livestock to climate change especially in such agro-pastoral and pastoral areas.
Where do you see yourself if 5 years?:
In five years, I will see myself working as a senior researcher on animal health, especially on camel brucellosis and other bacterial diseases at its molecular level. I will get myself developing diagnostic kits for control of camel brucellosis in order to bring changes to animal and public health, in addition to building capacity of early career researchers in Ethiopia and abroad.
What advice could you give to someone pursuing the same goals as you?:
To be an innovator, observe challenges and search for relevant resources and expertise for conducting research to solve, and be curious, stay committed and passionate about your work.
What is a guilty pleasure of yours?:
- Spending more time talking with friends beyond coffee/tea hours
What are some of your favorite quotes?
“The only source of knowledge is experience” – Albert Einstein
“If you want the answer, ask the question” – Lorii Myers
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing” – Albert Einstein
Where did you get your undergrad/grad degree?
I got my undergraduate degree (DVM) from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and my graduate degree (MVSc) in Bacteriology and Biotechnology from Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Izatnagar, India.
What are a few of your hobbies?
Reading books and scientific articles, teaching and supporting people
What are your favorite books and movies?
Books: life science books, the secret of success and many more.
Movies: She is a man, Prison Break, 24hour and ‘Sew le sew’ (Ethiopian Movie)
If you could travel one place, where would it be?
It would be India where I received a lot of research experience and got chance to met different scientific societies.
Congratulations to Habtamu Tassew Tarekgn for being the Livestock Innovation Lab’s Innovator of the month!