Yeneayehu Fenetahun Mihertu | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Yeneayehu Fenetahun Mihertu | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Best Researcher Award

University of Chinese Academy of Science | Ethiopia

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Yeneayehu Fenetahun Mihertu embarked on his academic journey with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia, where he conducted research on the repellence potential of common tree leaves against houseflies. Subsequently, he pursued a Master of Sciences in Ecology and later obtained a Philosophy of Doctor in Ecology from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, focusing on rangeland management and ecology.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Fenetahun's professional journey spans various research institutes and universities globally. He served as a postdoctoral researcher at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), contributing to projects aimed at dynamic pasture monitoring and prediction in Ethiopia. He also worked as a postdoctoral fellow in China, focusing on desertification and restoration strategies in the Borana rangeland.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Fenetahun's research primarily revolves around rangeland management, biodiversity conservation, and ecosystem restoration. His extensive publication record includes studies on carrying capacity dynamics, impacts of grazing intensity, and assessments of environmental vulnerability in rangeland ecosystems.

Accolades and Recognition

Throughout his academic and professional career, Dr. Fenetahun has garnered numerous accolades and awards, including grants for research projects, fellowship programs, and certificates of professional competency. He has also presented his research at various international conferences and workshops, receiving recognition for his contributions to the field of ecology and environmental science.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Fenetahun's work has made significant contributions to the understanding and management of rangeland ecosystems, particularly in Ethiopia. His research findings and recommendations have the potential to inform policy decisions and conservation strategies aimed at preserving biodiversity and enhancing livelihoods in vulnerable landscapes.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Driven by a passion for ecological research and a commitment to sustainable development, Dr. Fenetahun's legacy lies in his dedication to addressing pressing environmental challenges. His future contributions are expected to continue shaping the field of ecology, with a focus on promoting biodiversity conservation, mitigating desertification, and fostering resilience in rangeland ecosystems.

Notable Publications

Effects of land-use intensity on vegetation dynamics across elevation in Savanna Grassland, Southern Ethiopia 2024

Remote sensing analysis of desert sensitive areas using MEDALUS model and GIS in the Niger River Basin 2024 (1)

 

 

 

Mary-Ann Mbong Angie | Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology | Best Researcher Award

Assoc Prof Dr. Mary-Ann Mbong Angie | Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology | Best Researcher Award

University of Yaounde I | Cameroon

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Mary-Ann Mbong Angie's academic journey began with her Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, specializing in Food Biochemistry, at the University of Yaounde I. She furthered her studies with a Master's equivalent (DEA) and a Maîtrise in Biochemistry, focusing on Food Biochemistry. Her thirst for knowledge led her to pursue a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the same institution, where she delved into nutritional biochemistry.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Angie's professional career is deeply rooted in academia. She started as a part-time lecturer at the University of Yaounde I while conducting research at the Laboratory of Nutrition and Nutritional Biochemistry. Over the years, she progressed to roles such as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, contributing significantly to the Department of Biochemistry. Currently, she serves as an Associate Professor in Biochemistry at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Angie is an expert in functional foods for managing non-communicable diseases, nutritional epidemiology, and food biochemistry. Her research focuses on valorizing Cameroonian foods for disease management, particularly in standardizing extracts for selling as food supplements. She evaluates the efficacy of these supplements in combating oxidative stress-related degenerative diseases.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Angie's contributions to academia and research have earned her notable recognition. She received the Feminine Academic Excellence Award from the Ministry of Higher Education, Cameroon, and was honored with the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Research Grant at Yale School of Medicine. Additionally, she was awarded the Eugen Ionescu Doctoral Research Scholarship at the Oncologic Institute, Cluj Napoca, Romania.

Impact and Influence

Through her teaching and research, Dr. Angie has made a significant impact on her students and the scientific community. Her expertise in biochemistry, coupled with her fluency in multiple languages, has allowed her to collaborate with diverse teams globally. Her research on functional foods and nutritional epidemiology has the potential to improve public health, particularly in Cameroon and Africa.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Angie's legacy lies in her dedication to serving her community through education and research. Her efforts in promoting Cameroonian foods for health benefits and her contributions to understanding the link between nutrition and disease will continue to shape the future of biochemistry and nutritional science. As she continues her academic journey, Dr. Angie aims to further her impact by expanding her research and mentoring the next generation of scientists.

Notable Publications

Phytochemical characterization and assessment of antitumor activity of the aqueous extract of Acmella caulirhiza in female Wistar rats induced by 7,12 dimethylbenz (a) anthracene 2024 

The ethanolic extract of Aframomum angustifolium seeds protects against tamoxifen-induced side effects in rats with breast cancer 2023

The effects of Dyglomera Ⓡ (dichrostachys glomerata extract) on body fat percentage and body weight: a randomized, double- blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial 2023

Sub-acute toxicity study of the aqueous extract from leaves and flowers of Acmella caulirhiza on female albino Wistar rats 2023 (1)

Malnutrition, Eating Habits, Food Consumption, and Risk Factors of Malnutrition among Students at the University of Maroua, Cameroon 2022 (2)

 

Furqan Ahmad | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Mr. Furqan Ahmad | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Best Researcher Award

MNS University of Agriculture Multan | Pakistan

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Early Academic Pursuits

Furqan Ahmad commenced his academic journey with a focus on Plant Breeding and Genetics, earning an M.Sc. (Hons.) from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad in 2012. His dedication to agricultural sciences started during his B.Sc. (Hons.) in Agriculture, majoring in PBG, at BZU Multan (2006-2010). He laid the foundation for his educational pursuits with Intermediate studies at BISE Multan (2003-2005) and Matriculation at BISE Multan (1999-2001).

Professional Endeavors

Furqan Ahmad has contributed significantly to the field of agriculture through diverse roles. His journey began at the Central Cotton Research Institute, Multan, as a Research Associate under a contract. Subsequently, he embarked on a scholarly path at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad, working as a PhD Scholar/Research Associate under contract terms. His commitment to education led him to become a Lecturer at MNS University of Agriculture Multan, initially on a contract and later as a regular faculty member (BPS). Further, he pursued his PhD at Zhejiang University as a dedicated scholar under a student scholarship.

Contributions and Research Focus

Furqan Ahmad's contributions extend to various research and development projects. Noteworthy among them are projects like "Vegetable Nursery Production and Supply System for Kitchen Gardening," "Commissioned Research for Development of Cotton Seed," and his involvement in the "Crop Genomics and Speed Breeding Centre for Agriculture Sustainability."

Accolades and Recognition

Furqan Ahmad's dedication to research and development has earned him recognition, setting a foundation for his academic and professional journey. His commitment to commissioned research and contributions to sustainable agriculture has not gone unnoticed.

Impact and Influence

Through his roles in academia and research, Furqan Ahmad has left a lasting impact on the fields of Plant Breeding and Genetics. His work in seed development and sustainable agriculture showcases his influence on the agricultural landscape.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Furqan Ahmad's legacy lies in his commitment to advancing agricultural practices. As a researcher and educator, he has laid the groundwork for future advancements in crop genomics and sustainable agriculture. His continued contributions are anticipated to shape the future of agricultural sciences positively.

Notable Publications

Expression analysis of fiber-related genes for staple length in upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) 2024 

HEAT-RESPONSIVE PROTEIN regulates heat stress via fine-tuning ethylene/auxin signaling pathways in cotton 2022 (1)

CdO nanocubes decorated on rGO sheets as novel high conductivity positive electrode material for hybrid supercapacitor 2023 (22) 

Characterization of salt tolerant wheat genotypes by using morpho-physiological, biochemical, and molecular analysis 2022 (9)

Effect of Drought on Trichome Density and Length in Cotton (Gossypium Hirsutum) 2021 (6)

 

Tadele Buraka | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Editorial Board Member

Assist Prof Dr. Tadele Buraka | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Editorial Board Member 

Addis Ababa University | Ethiopia

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Tadele Buraka Bushasha embarked on a journey of academic excellence, earning a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Addis Ababa University. His educational journey also includes an MSc in Soil Science from Hawassa University, an MBA in Business Administration from Ashland University, and a BSc with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics from Dilla University.

Professional Endeavors

With a career spanning over 18 years and 5 months, Dr. Tadele has made significant contributions to academia and administrative roles. He serves as an Associate Professor and Researcher, specializing in soil science, at both Wolaita Sodo and Wachemo Universities. Additionally, he held leadership positions such as Vice President, Dean of Administrative Affairs, and Coordinator for Educational Quality Assurance.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Tadele's contributions extend beyond academia. As Vice President and Coordinator, he played a pivotal role in strengthening industry-university linkages, facilitating quality education, and coordinating agricultural production and market activities. His research interests cover a wide spectrum, including haricot bean, faba bean, soil agricultural potential, and groundwater potential.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Tadele's dedication is recognized through numerous achievements, including his role as a member of the House of the Federation, SNNP Regional Council, and Kembata Tembaro Zonal Council. He has actively contributed to policy analysis, constitution interpretation, and the evaluation of government plans.

Impact and Influence

His influence extends to various committees, task forces, and leadership roles, shaping educational policies and reforms. Dr. Tadele's commitment to nutrition-sensitive agriculture has left a lasting impact on the communities within the university's catchment area.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Tadele's legacy is marked by his commitment to quality education, research, and community service. His leadership roles, research publications, and participation in national and international soil science societies exemplify his dedication. Looking forward, he continues to contribute to agricultural, educational, and environmental areas, armed with skills in computer applications, leadership, and communicative English.

Notable Publications

Effects of land-use-cover-changes on selected soil physicochemical properties along slope position, Coka watershed, Southern Ethiopia 2023 (3)

Soil organic carbon and its' stock potential in different land-use types along slope position in Coka watershed, Southern Ethiopia 2022 (7) 

Assessment of soil erosion risks in response to land-use and land-cover changes in Coka watershed, Southern Ethiopia 2022 (12)