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PhD commenced: 2015

Supervisors: Professor Eric Gowans, Dr Branka Grubor-Bauk and Dr Dan Wijesundara

Thesis title: A novel challenge model for the efficacy of HCV vaccines in animal models

Scholarship: University of Adelaide Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship

Zelalem’s PhD research focuses on the development of a large animal challenge model to test the efficacy of HCV vaccines.


Zelalem completed a bachelor degree in medical laboratory technology at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia and a masters degree in tropical and infectious diseases at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

Over the last 9 years Zelalem has worked as a graduate assistant and most recently as an assistant professor at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia. For two years he also headed the Quality Assurance and Laboratory Management Unit at the School of Biomedical and Laboratory Sciences, University of Gondar, Ethiopia.