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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) GM Tarekegn, J Birungi, JM Mwacharo, A Djikeng, M Raphael, Z Edea, B Liu, W Zhang, OA Mwai, T Dessie, K Tesfaye, E Strandberg, B Berglund, P Wouobeng, K Simo Jaures, C Mutai, S Osama, AT Wolde, F Meutchieye, 2019. Genome-wide diversity and demographic dynamics of Cameroon goats and their divergence from east and north African and Asian Conspecifics. PLoS ONE 14(4): e0214843. pone.0214843

2) GM Tarekegn, P Gullstrand, E Strandberg, R Båge, E Rius-Vilarrasa, JM Christensen, B Berglund. Genetic evaluation of endocrine traits of Swedish dairy cows based on in-line milk progesterone profiles. J. Dairy Sciences. 102(12):11207-11216.

3) GM Tarekegn, Xiao-yang Ji, Xue Bai, Bin Liu, Wenguang Zhang, Josephine Birungi, Appolinaire Djikeng, Kassahun Tesfaye, 2018. Variations in mitochondrial cytochrome b region among Ethiopian indigenous cattle populations assert Bos taurus maternal origin and historical dynamics. Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 2018;31(9): 1393-1400.

4) Getinet Mekuriaw Tarekegn, Kassahun Tesfaye, Tadelle Dessie, Okeyo Mwai, Appolinairre Djikeng, Sarah Osama, Alubel Alemu, Netsanet Zergaw, Jack Tutah, Gloria Achieng, Collins Mutai, Joyce Njuguna, Josephine Birungi, Joram M. Mwacharo, 2018. Mitochondrial DNA variation reveals maternal origins and historical dynamics of Ethiopian indigenous goats. Ecol Evol. 8(3):1–11.

5) Mrode R, Tarekegn GM, Mwacharo JM and Djikeng A, 2018. Invited review: Genomic selection for small ruminants in developed countries: how applicable for the rest of the world? Animal. DOI: 10.1017/S1751731117003688

6) GM Tarekegn, 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 Biotechnology, 16(22): 1254-1264.

7) 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.


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