Researcher biography

Dagnachew is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Professor Rosa Alati and Dr. Kim Betts. He has been awarded an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and UQ Centennial Scholarship (UQCent) to undertake his current doctoral research. His doctoral thesis focused on the impact of Maternal Thyroid function during Pregnancy on Behavior and Psychiatric Disorders among Offspring.

Prior to his PhD studies, Dagnachew worked in the field of Infectious and Tropical Diseases running both teaching and research activities at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia. He has particular interest in the developmental origins of health and disease.

PhD topic

The impact of Maternal Thyroid function during Pregnancy on Behaviour and Psychiatric Disorders among Offspring


  • Professor Rosa Alati (Principal)
  • Dr Kim Betts (Associate)

Research interests

  • Epidemiology
  • Mental health
  • Maternal and child health
  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Immunization programs 


Dagnachew Muluye Fetene, Kim S. Betts, Rosa Alati. Maternal Thyroid Dysfunction in Pregnancy and Offspring’s Mental Health: A Systematic Review. European Journal of Endocrinology 2017, 177, R1–R14.

Asmamaw Atnafu Ayalneh, Dagnachew Muluye Fetene, Tae JIn Lee. Inequalities in health care utilization for common childhood illnesses in Ethiopia: evidence from the 2011 Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey. International Journal for Equity in Health 2017, 16:67.

Feleke Moges, Setegn Eshetie, Mengistu Endris, Kahsay Huruy, Dagnachew Muluye, Tigist Feleke, Fisha G/SilassieGetenet Ayalew, and Raja Nagappan. Cockroaches as a Source of High Bacterial Pathogens with Multidrug Resistant Strains in Gondar Town, Ethiopia. BioMed Research International, Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 2825056.

Sisay Yifru, Dagnachew Muluye. Childhood cancer in Gondar University Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia.  BMC Research Notes 2015, 8:474.

Dereje Gedle, Baye Gelaw, Dagnachew Muluye, Molla Mesele. Prevalence of malnutrition and Its associated factors among adult people living with HIV/AIDS receiving anti-retroviral therapy at Butajira Hospital, Southern Ethiopia. BMC Nutrition 2015, 1:5

Demissie, Tesfaye A, Moges T Wubie, Feleke M Yehuala, Dagnachew M Fetene, and Getnet A Gudeta. Prevalence and antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of Shigella and Salmonella Species among patients with diarrhea attending Gondar town health institutions, Northwest Ethiopia. Science Journal of Public Health 2, no. 5 (2014): 469-475.

Dagnachew Muluye, Yitayih Wondimeneh , Getachew Ferede , Tesfaye Nega , Kasaw Adane , Belete Biadgo, Habtie Tesfa and Feleke Moges. Bacterial isolates and their antibiotic susceptibility patterns among patients with pus and/or wound discharge at Gondar university hospital. BMC Research Notes 2014, 7:619.

Dagnachew Muluye, Yitayih Wondimeneh, Feleke Moges, Tesfaye Nega, Getachew Ferede. Types and drug susceptibility patterns of bacterial isolates from eye discharge samples at Gondar University Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia. BMC Research Notes 2014, 7:292.

YitayihWondimeneh, Yegnasew Takele, Asmamaw Atnafu, Getachew Ferede, 

Dagnachew Muluye. Trend Analysis of Visceral Leishmaniasis at Addis Zemen Health Center, N-orthwest Ethiopia. BioMed Research International Volume 2014, Article ID 545393.

Yitayih Wondimeneh, Dagnachew Muluye, Abebe Alemu, Asmamaw Atinafu, Gashaw Yitayew, Teklay Gebrecherkos, Agersew Alemu, Demekech Damtie, Getachew Ferede. Urinary tract infection among obstetric fistula patients at Gondar University Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia. BMC Women's Health 2014, 14:12.

Yitayih Wondimeneh, Dagnachew Muluye, Getachew Ferede. Prevalence and associated factors of thrombocytopenia among HAART naïve HIV positive patients at Gondar university hospital, northwest Ethiopia. BMC Research Notes 2014, 7:5.

Kasaw Adane, Dagnachew Muluye and Molla Abebe. Processing medical data: a systematic review. Archives of Public Health 2013, 71:27.

Araya Masresha, Mucheye Giachew, Gizachew Yismaw, Chandrashekhar Unakal, Dagnachew Muluye. Seroprevalence of hepatitis C virus and level of liver enzymes in type 2 diabetic patients attending Felege Hiwot regional referral hospital, Bahir-Dar, Northwest Ethiopia. JPharm Biomed Sci. 2013; 32(32): 1324-1330.

DagnachewMuluye, YitayihWondimeneh, Yeshambel Belyhun, Feleke Moges, Mengistu Endris, Getachew Ferede, Gashaw Yitayew, Digsu Negese. Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii and Associated Risk Factors among People Living with HIV at Gondar University Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia. ISRN Tropical Medicine 2013, Article ID 123858.

Dagnachew Muluye, Yitayih Wondimeneh, Getachew Ferede, Feleke Moges, Tesfaye Nega. Bacterial isolates and drug susceptibility patterns of ear discharge from patients with ear infection at Gondar University Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia. BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders 2013, 13:10.

Habtie Tesfa, Belete Biadgo, Fasika Getachew, Kifle Tegegne, Gizachew Yismaw and Dagnachew Muluye. Seroprevalence of hepatitis B and C virus infection among patients attending serology laboratory of Gondar University Hospital. BMC Research Notes 2013, 6:164.

Dagnachew Muluye, Belete Biadgo, Eden W/Gerima, Andebet Ambachew. Prevalence of tuberculosis lymphadenitis in Gondar University Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia. BMC Public Health 2013, 13:435.

Yitayih Wondimeneh, Getachew Ferede, Dagnachew Muluye, Yeshambel Belyhun: HIV-Viral Hepatitis co-infections: How big a challenge for HIV patients? Novus Natural Science Research 2013, 2(1): 35-50.

Yitayih Wondimeneh, Getachew Ferede, Asmamaw Atnafu and Dagnachew Muluye: HIV-Malaria Co-infection and their immunohematological profiles. European Journal of Experimental Biology 2013, 3(1):497-502.

Beyene Moges, Gizachew Yismaw, Afework Kassu, Berihun Megabiaw, Shitaye Alemu, Bemnet Amare, Dagnachew Muluye: Sexually transmitted infections based on the syndromic approach in Gondar town, northwest Ethiopia: a retrospective cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health 2013, 13:143.

Kassahun Ketema, Moges Tiruneh, Desalegn Woldeyohannes, Dagnachew Muluye: Active trachoma and associated risk factors among children in Baso Liben district of East Gojjam, Ethiopia. BMC Public Health 2012, 12:1105.

Digsu Negese, Kefyalew Addis, Akilew Awoke, Berihun Megabiaw, Zelalem Birhanu, Dagnachew Muluye, Sisay Yifru: HIV-Positive Status Disclosure and Associated Factors among children in North Gondar, Northwest Ethiopia. ISRN 

AIDS 2012, 2012.

Dagnachew Muluye, Desalegn Woldeyohannes, Mucheye Gizachew, Beyene Moges, Gizachew Yismaw, Moges Tirneh, Afework Kassu: Immunopathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention of Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome (IRIS): Review. International Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences 2012, 2(11), 211-217.

Abebe Alemu, Dagnachew Muluye, Mikrie Mihret, Meaza Adugna, Melkamu Gebeyaw: Ten year trend analysis of malaria prevalence in Kola Diba, North Gondar, Northwest Ethiopia.Parasites & Vectors 2012, 5:173.

Yitayih Wondimeneh, Getachew Ferede, Gizachew W Yismaw, Dagnachew Muluye: Total Lymphocyte Count as surrogate marker for CD4 Cell Count in HIV-Infected Individuals in Gondar University Hospital, North West Ethiopia. AIDS Research and Therapy 2012, 9:21.

Yitayih Wondimeneh, Dagnachew Muluye, Yeshambel Belyhun: Prevalence of Pulmonary tuberculosis and immunological profile of HIV co-infected patients in North West Ethiopia.BMC Research Notes 2012, 5:331.

Dagnachew Muluye, Desalegn Woldeyohannes, Mucheye Gizachew, Moges Tiruneh: Infant feeding practice and associated factors of HIV positive mothers attending prevention of mother to child transmission and antiretroviral therapy clinics in Gondar Town health institutions, Northwest Ethiopia. BMC Public Health 2012, 12:240.