Derbew Fikadu Berhe, PhD

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Derbew Fikadu Berhe is clinical and public health researcher with extensive experience in working with university teaching hospitals, NGOs, and policymakers. With a Ph.D. in clinical pharmacology, he has expertise in qualitative/quantitative data analysis, pharmaco-epidemiology, pharmacovigilance, and teaching pharmacology at Mekelle University and Addis Ababa Universities in Ethiopia.

Aside from research, Dr. Derbew has significant contributions to academic activities, including the development of pharmacology MSc and Ph.D. Curriculums at Mekelle University, the creation of a preceptorship module for continuous professional development (CPD) training, and the development of guidelines on research mentorship institutionalization for LMICs supported by WHO/TDR. As an official Pharmacovigilance CPD trainer for the Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Association, he has conducted 13 rounds of a 3-day training session so far. He has also held several leadership positions, from Department Head to Vice Dean for the College of Health Sciences at Mekelle University in Ethiopia, and core committee member for the Clinical Research Network under the AHRI/Ethiopian Ministry of Health flagship initiative.

Currently, Dr. Derbew is a lead postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Global Health Equity/Rwanda, working on an NIHR/UK-funded Equi-injury project that aims to improve equitable quality injury care for patients in LMICs through all stakeholders’ engagement and generate evidence for policy input.

His research interests include equitable global health, non-communicable diseases such as injury, CVDs, and oncology, establishing, validating, and using population databases for policy-making, pharmacovigilanceclinical pharmacologyepidemiology, genetic polymorphism, Pharmacometrics, Applying One Health initiative to tackle antimicrobial drug resistance.