Daniel Asrat Woldetsadik (MD, M. Sc, PhD)

Full name Daniel Asrat Woldetsadik (MD, M. Sc, PhD)
Education attended MD,  Doctor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Addis Ababa University

MSc in  Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Addis Ababa University

PhD  in Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Addis Ababa University

Academic rank Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology

Consultant Medical Specialist (Medical Microbiologist)

Working for AAU Since 1997
Administrative positions held Acting Head on different occasions

Chair, Department Appointment and Promotions Committee

Secretary, Department Academic Committee, 2003-2005

Member and Secretary Faculty Research and Publications Committee-II, 2005-2007

Member/Chairperson, Technical Committee of Addis Ababa University Procurement Unit, 2003-2007

Member and Secretary, MSc and PhD program review in Medical Microbiology,



Recognitions, memberships of international bodies/ journals – editorial roles/ initiatives etc


Gold Medal award “Eminent Scientist of the year 2007 in Medical Microbiology

from Africa by the World Scientists Forum and International Research Promotion

Council (IRPC).


NIH-Capacity Building Grantee: Co-PI Molecular Epidemiology Food Borne Pathogens in three eastern African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania)




In recognition of outstanding service for organization of the “First International Congress on Pathogens at the Human Animal Interface: (ICOPHA) Impact, Limitations and Needs in Developing Countries” held from September 15-17, 2011 at UNCC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Best Teacher of the Year from DMIP: In recognition of outstanding contributions to the academic achievement and personal growth of the graduates of 2011 and 2012, School of Medicine, Addis Ababa University


Membership of International bodies/journals/editorial roles


Vice Chairman, International Research Promotion Council for African Chapter, January 2008 to date


American Society of Microbiology (ASM) ASM Country liaison to Ethiopia, August 2009-June 2012


American Society of Microbiology (ASM) ASM Ambassador to Ethiopia, July 2012-to-date


Reviewer, Ethiopian Medical Journal (EMJ), Ethiopian Journal of Health Development (EJHD), Ethiopian Journal of Biological Sciences (SINET), 2002 to date


Member, National Advisory Committee for Antimicrobial Resistance Prevention and Containments, 2007 to date


Member, Module writing team , School of Medicine


Member,  Ethiopian Medical Association (EMA), Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA),  American Society of Microbiology (ASM), Ethiopian Public Health Laboratory Association (EPHLA)


Adjunct Professor, Ohio State University, USA, July 2012 to date



Molecular Epidemiology of Food borne Pathogens in three Eastern Africa Countries, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, 2009-2014

Address Campus : College of Health Sciences

Building: School of Medicine

Floor number: 2nd

Office room no.: 69

Office tel.: +251-11- 552-87-26

Mobile: + 251-911-22-30-19

University email ID: daniel.asrat@aau.edu.et

Alternative email ID: asratdan@gmail.com

Research interest Food borne pathogens;

Antimicrobial resistance;

Clinical Microbiology related to Infectious diseases;

Neglected bacterial infectious diseases;

Publications in reputable journals
  • Tafa B, Sewunet T, Tassew H, Asrat D. Isolation and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Patterns of Campylobacter species among Diarrheic Children at Jimma, Ethiopia. Int J Bacteriol, 2014 (2014): 1-7
  • Mengistie Z, Woldeamanuel Y, Asrat D, Yigeremu Y.  Comparison of Clinical and Gram Stain Diagnosis Methods of Bacterial Vaginosis among Pregnant Women in Ethiopia.  J Clin Diagn Res.. 2013 7(12): 2701-2703
  • Beyene T, Woldeamanuel Y, Asrat D, Ayana G, Boulware DR. Comparison of Cryptococcal Antigenemia between Antiretroviral Naïve and Antiretroviral Experienced HIV Positive Patients at Two Hospitals in Ethiopia. PLoS One. 2013;8(10)
  • Weldu Y, Asrat D, Woldeamanuel Y, Hailesilasie A. Comparative evaluation of a two-reagent cold stain method with Ziehl-Nelseen method for pulmonary tuberculosis diagnosis. BMC Res Notes 2013; 13; 6:323.
  • Yismaw G, Asrat D, Woldeamanuel Y, Unakal C. Prevalence of candiduria in diabetic patients attending Gondar University Hospital, Gondar, Ethiopia. Iran J Kidney Dis. 2013; 7:102-7.
  • Chanyalew Y, Asrat D, Amavisit P, , Loongyai W. ,Prevalence and Antimicrobial Susceptibility of Thermophilic Campylobacter Isolated from Sheep at Debre Birhan, North-Shoa, Ethiopia. Kasetsart J. (Nat. Sci.).  2013:  47 : 551 – 560
  • Lema T, Woldeamanuel Y, Asrat D, Hunegnaw M, Baraki A, Kebede Y, Yamuah L, Aseffa A. The pattern of bacterial isolates and drug sensitivities of infected ulcers in patients with leprosy in ALERT, Kuyera and Gambo Hospitals, Ethiopia. Lepr Rev 2012: 83: 40–51
  • Yismaw G, Asrat D, Woldeamanuel Y, Unakal CG. Urinary Tract Infection: Bacterial etiologies, drug resistance profile and associated risk factors in diabetic patients attending Gondar University Hospital, Gondar, Ethiopia. Eur J Expt Biol; 2012; 2: 889-898
  • Mohammed M, Asrat D, Woldeamanuel Y, Demessie A. Prevalence of group B Streptococcus colonization among pregnant women attending antenatal clinic of Hawassa Health center, Hawassa, Ethiopia. Ethiop J Health Dev 2012 26:36-42
  • Beyene G, Nair S, Asrat D,  Mengistu Y, Engers H, Wain J. Multidrug resistant Salmonella Concord is a major cause of salmonellosis in children in Ethiopia. J Infect Dev Ctries 2011: 5: 23-33
  • Abreha T,  Woldeamanuel Y, Pietsch C, Maier M, Asrat D,  Abebe A, Hailegiorgis B, Aseffa A, Liebert UG. Genotypes and Viral Load of Hepatitis C Virus among Persons Attending a Voluntary Counseling and Testing Center in Ethiopia. J. Med Virol 2011; 83:776-782
  • Abdissa A, Asrat D, Kronvall G, Shitu B, Achiko D, Zeidan M, Yamuah LK, Aseffa A. Throat carriage rate and antimicrobial susceptibility pattern of group A streptococci (GAS) in healthy Ethiopian school children. Ethiop Med J 2011 49:125-130.
  • Yismaw G, Abay S, Asrat D, Yifru S, Kassu A. Bacteriological Profile and Resistant Pattern of Clinical Isolates from Pediatric Patients, Gondar University Teaching Hospital, Gondar, Northwest Ethiopia.  Ethiop Med J 2010 48:293-300.
  • Mekonen M, Abate E, Aseffa A, Anagaw B, Elias D, Hailu E, Idh J, Moges F, Wolde-Amanuel Y, Asrat D, Yamuah L, Britton S, Stendahl O, Schön T. Identification of drug susceptibility pattern and mycobacterial species in sputum smear positive pulmonary tuberculosis patients with and without HIV co-infection in north west Ethiopia. Ethiop Med J. 2010; 48:203-10
  • Mersha G, Asrat D, Zewde BM, Kyule M. Occurrence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Feces, Skin and Carcasses from Sheep and Goats in Ethiopia. Lett Appl Microbiol 2009; 50:71-76
  • Tesfaye G, Asrat D, Woldeamanuel Y, Gizaw M. Microbiology of discharging ear in Ethiopia. Asian Pac J Trop Med 2009; 2:60-67
  • Hiko A, Asrat D, Zewde G. Occurrence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in retail raw meat products in Ethiopia. J Infect Developing Countries 2008; 2:389-393
  • Desta K, Lemma E, Gebeyehu M, Feleke B, Asrat D. Comparison of the BACTEC MGIT 960 system and Löwenstein-Jensen Medium for Detection and Recovery of Mycobacteria from smear negative specimens. Recent Advances and Research Updates 2008; 9:109-113
  • Beyene G, Asrat D, Mengistu Y, Aseffa A, Wain J. Typhoid fever in Ethiopia. . J Infect Dev Ctries 2008; 2:448-453
  • Asrat D. Shigella and Salmonella serogroups and their antibiotic susceptibility patterns in Ethiopia. East Mediterr Health J 2008; 14: 760-767
  • Aderaye G, Woldeamanuel Y, Asrat D, Lebbad M, Beser J, Worku A, Fernandez V, Lindquist L. Evaluation of Toluidine Blue O Staining for the Diagnosis of Pneumocystis jiroveci in Expectorated Sputum Sample and Bronchoalveolar Lavage from HIV-infected Patients in a Tertiary Care Referral Center in Ethiopia. Infection 2008; 36:237-243
  • Aderaye G, Bruchfield J, Melaku K, Woldeamanuel Y, Asrat D, Assefa G, Nigussie Y, G-Egzabiher H, Worku A, Lebbad M, Lindquist L. Pneumocystits jiroveci pneumonia and other opportunistic pulmonary infections in smear-negative HIV infected patients in Ethiopia Scand J Infect Dis. 2007;39:1045-1053
  • Kassa T, Gebre-Selassie S, Asrat D. Antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of thermotolerant Campylobacter strains isolated from food animals in Jimma, southwest Ethiopia. Vet Microbiol 2007; 119:82-87.
  • Abdissa A, Asrat D, Kronvall G, Shittu B, Achiko D, Zeidan M, Yamuah LK, Aseffa A. High diversity of Group A streptococcal emm types among healthy schoolchildren in Ethiopia. Clin Infect Dis 2006; 42:1362-1367
  • Seid J, Asrat D. Occurrence of extended spectrum β-lactamase enzymes in clinical isolates of Klebsiella species from Harar region, eastern Ethiopia. Acta Trop 2005; 95: 143-148
  • Asrat D, Kassa E, Mengistu Y, Ashenafi S, Ayenew K, Abu-Al-Soud W, Wadström T, Nilsson I. Comparison of diagnostic methods for detection of Helicobacter pylori infection in different clinical samples of Ethiopian dyspeptic patients.  Recent Advances and Research Updates 2005; 6:219-225
  • Asrat D, Nilsson I, Mengistu Y, Ashenafi S, Ayenew K, Abu-Al-Soud W, Wadström T, Kassa E. Prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection among adult dyspeptic patients in Ethiopia. Ann Trop Med Para 2004; 98:181-189.
  • Asrat D, Nilsson I, Mengistu Y, Kassa E, Ashenafi S, Ayenew K, Wadström T, Abu-Al-Soud W. Prevalence of Helicobacter pylori vacA and cagA genotypes in Ethiopian dyspeptic patients. J Clin Microbiol 2004; 42: 2682-2684
  • Asrat D, Mengistu Y, Kassa E. Antimicrobial susceptibility pattern of Helicobacter pylori strains isolated from adult dyspeptic patients in Tikur Anbassa University Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiop Med J 2004 42: 79-86.
  • Kuru T and Asrat D. Update on Virological, Epidemiological and Diagnostic aspects of Sars-Corona Virus (SARS-COV): A newly emerging virus. Ethiop J Health Dev 2004; 18: 52-54
  • Asrat D. Screening of enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC) in pediatric patients with diarrhoea and controls using pooled antisera. Ethiop Med J 2000; 39:23-8.
  • Asrat D. Update on Microbiological and Epidemiological Characteristics of Neisseria meningitidis. Ethiop J Health Dev 2000; 13:354-356.
  • Asrat D, Hathaway A, Ekwall E. Antimicrobial sensitivity pattern of Cambylobacter strains isolated from patients in Tikur Anbassa and Ethio-Swedish children s’ hospitals Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiop J Health Dev 1999; 13: 41-44.
  • Lindkvist P, Enqusellasie F, Asrat D, Nilsson I, Muhe L, Giesecke J. Helicobacter pylori infection in Ethiopian children: A cohort study. Scand J Infect Dis 1999; 31:475-480.
  • Asrat D, Hathaway A, Ekwall E. Studies on enteric campylobacteriosis in Tikur                               Anbassa and Ethio-Swedish Children’s hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiop                    Med J 1999; 37:71-84.
  • Lindkvist P, Enquselassie F, Asrat D, Muhe L, Nilsson I, Giesecke J. Risk factors for infection with Helicobacter pylori-a study of children in rural Ethiopia. Scand J Infect Dis 1998; 30:371-376.
  • Asrat D, Hathaway A, Sjogren E, Ekwall E, Kaijser B. The serotype distribution of Campylobacter jejuni and C. coli isolated from patients with diarrhea and controls at Tikur Anbassa Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Epidemiol Infect. 1997; 118:91- 95.
  • Lindkvist P, Asrat D, Nilsson I, et al. Age at acquisition of Helicobacter pylori Infection: Comparison of a high and a low prevalence country. Scand J Infect Dis 1996; 28:181-184.