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Getinet Mekuriaw Tarekegn

Getinet Mekuriaw Tarekegn
I am working on Genetics and Genomics of dairy cattle fertility and forage efficiency projects.



I have/had been involved in various projects which focus on livestock. These include, Washera sheep breed improvement program in Ethiopia, community based Fogera cattle breed improvement program in Ethiopia, harnessing production and productivity of indigenous goat populations in Africa. In the latter project, I have carried out Genome-wide characterization of African goats, genome-wide linkage disequilibrium and selection signature analyses of East, West and North African goat populations and identified several genes and pathways for selected traits of interest which include hair fibers for highland/alpine goats, drought tolerance for goats found in arid environment, reproduction, and trypanotolerance for humid and forest goat populations in Ethiopia and Cameroon. Since very recently, I have been involved in African cattle genome project.


  • In Sep 2017  started Post-doc in Dairy cattle Genetics and Genomics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden
  • 2016  PhD in Applied Genetics (Research Focus: Livestock Genetics and Genomics), Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
  • 2010  Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
  • 2010  BSc, Computer Science, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia
  • 2005  MSc, Animal Genetics and Breeding. Alemaya University, Ethiopia
  • 2002  BSc, Animal Science. Alemaya University, Ethiopia

Selected publications

  1. Bekele A, Wuletaw Z, Haile A, Gizaw Sand Mekuriaw G, 2017. Genetic parameters for reproduction traits and correlation with pre-weaning growth traits of Fogera cattle at Metekel ranch, northwest Ethiopia. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Volume 29, Article #152. Retrieved August 5, 2017, from
  2. Getinet Mekuriaw, Joram M. Mwacharo, Tadelle Dessie, Okeyo Mwai, Appolinaire Djikeng, Sarah Osama, Grum Gebreyesus, Alayu Kidane, Solomon Abegaz and Kassahun Tesfaye, 2017. Polymorphism analysis of kisspeptin (KISS1) gene and its association with litter size in Ethiopian indigenous goat populations. African Journal of Biotechnoloy, 16(22): 1254-1264. DOI: 10.5897/AJB2016.15750.
  3. Xiao-yang Ji, Jian-xun Wang, Bin Liu, Zhu-qing Zheng, Shao-yin Fu, Getinet Mekuriaw Tarekegn, Xue Bai, Yong-sheng Bai, Heng Li, Wen-guang Zhang, 2016. Comparative Transcriptome Analysis Reveals that an Ubiquitin-Mediated Proteolysis Pathway Is Important for Primary and Secondary Hair Follicle Development in Cashmere Goats. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0156124.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156124.
  4. Getinet Mekuriaw Tarekegn, Zhang W, Mwai O, Dessie T, Djikeng A, Tesfaye K. 2016. Documenting radiocarbon evidences, Y-chromosome, mitochondrial DNA and autosomal markers on origin of domestication and routes of goat global divergence: a review. Online J. Anim. Feed Res., 6(6): 113-124.
  5. Getinet Mekuriaw, Gizaw S and Tegegne A, 2016. Genetic-phenotypic and production system diversity in goat populations of Ethiopia: Options for sustainable goat production systems.  LIVES Working Paper 22. Nairobi, Kenya: International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).
  6. Getinet Mekuriaw, Workneh Ayalew and P.B. Hegde, 2009. Growth and Reproductive performance of Ogaden cattle at Haramaya University, Ethiopia. Ethiopian Journal of Animal Production. Vol.9 No.1. 

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