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Abebe Ejigu Hailu


Abebe is an Assistant Professor and PhD student at the Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy, Addis Ababa University. He completed his three-year GINGER fellowship program in 2020. Abebe’s research interests include evaluating the clinical outcome of currently used drugs and understanding the mechanisms and development of novel drugs for the treatment of central nervous system diseases. He’s interested in the pharmacogenetics of drugs used for the treatment of bipolar disorder and other psychiatric diseases.

Abebe was born in Sekota, North East Ethiopia and received his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree (B.Pharma) with distinction from Mekelle University in Mekelle, Ethiopia. He went on to earn his Master degree in Pharmacology from Addis Ababa University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Currently, he’s working on his PhD thesis in genetic variants associated with response and adverse effects to mood stabilizer treatment in bipolar patients at Amanuel Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from samples of NeuroGAP-Ethiopia project. In the future, he hopes to serve as a pharmacogenetics experts, running different research activities on the area of pharmacogenetics of neuropsychiatric diseases. In his spare time, he likes to read and play football.

Collaboration is one of the important aspects of GINGER, especially amongst the Fellows. Through GINGER, I have friends and colleagues around the world – in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and the US.