Haftom Temesgen Abebe

I was born in Wukro, Tigray, Ethiopia. I attended secondary school at Wukro from 1996 to 2001. Subsequently, I started studying Statistics with Computer Science as minor subject at the Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. I obtained my Bachelor of Science Degree in Statistics from the same University in 2005 and started working as an assistant lecturer at Mekelle University (MU), Ethiopia in the same year.

After a couple of years working, I won the Flemish Inter-University Council (VLIR-UOS) scholarship to study a Master of Science in Biostatistics and joined Hasselt University, Belgium in September 2007. After I specialized and obtained my master degree in Biostatistics from the Hasselt University in 2009, I started my PhD study at the department of Methodology and Statistics, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

My studies in Biostatistics have helped me to get a solid understanding of many statistical methods and have strengthened my drive to improve research studies. Throughout my studies, I have developed a high level of skills, interests and knowledge in statistics and mathematics. During my PhD research, I improved these quantitative skills further, and I developed a useful tool, in the form of a computer program, for researchers to plan their longitudinal studies in an optimal and highly efficient way with lower costs of study compared to the standard methods known in the literature.

Currently, I am working as Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Mekelle University. In this role, I am responsible for teaching, researching and providing community services to the community. Regarding my professional experience, I have more than 10 years experiences in teaching, research, consulting and delivering training on advanced courses and statistical software to students and researchers. In addition, I have participated in many national and international projects, leading study designs, data collection, analysis and writing up of manuscripts.

My research interests are quite broad, but I am particularly interested in health-related outcomes and methods associated with program evaluation and community assessment.