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In Focus: CRGGH Trainee Ephrem Mekonnen Gebeyehu

CRGGH Trainee Ephrem Mekonnen Gebeyehu

By Amy Bentley, CRGGH

Ephrem Mekonnen Gebeyehu, a graduate student at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, has been training with the Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health (CRGGH) since the summer of 2014. The following spotlight reveals his scientific promise, as he concludes his National Institutes of Health training experience.

Mr. Gebeyehu's academic career was shaped by political and personal upheaval. His father, who was a teacher, an intellectual, and a state security officer, was assassinated during Ethiopia's almost two-decade civil war that ended in 1991. To honor his father's valor, the government offered him and his siblings scholarships to study in any of the former Eastern-Bloc countries. Given the state of unrest in Ethiopia, Mr. Gebeyehu forfeited his placement at Addis Ababa University to pursue this study abroad.

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Posted: Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Publication Alert: The African Genome Variation Project shapes medical genetics in Africa

The African Genome Variation Project ethno-linguistic groups

By NHGRI Communications

An international team that includes researchers from the National Institutes of Health has completed the first comprehensive characterization of genomic diversity across sub-Saharan Africa. The region is the most genetically diverse in the world, yet few studies have looked into genomic risk factors for disease in Africa.

The study provides clues to medical conditions in people of sub-Saharan African ancestry, and indicates that the migration from Africa in the early days of the human race was followed by a migration back into the continent.

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Posted: Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Resources added to the 2012 CRGGH publications

By Ed Ramos, CRGGH

Several publications previously posted on the 2012 CRGGH Publications Page have been updated with additional "resources". Read more
Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2012


CRGGH former trainee highlighted in NHGRI news

By Ed Ramos, CRGGH

Former postbaccalaureate trainee, Keolu Fox, was recently showcased in the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) news from the Office of the Director. Mr. Fox was an intramural research training award fellow at the CRGGH before moving on to the PhD program in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington.

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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012


CRGGH Working Group member, Dr. Gary H. Gibbons, named as director of National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

By Ed Ramos, CRGGH

Dr. Gibbons is currently at the Morehouse School of Medicince where he serves as the director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute and professor of physiology and medicine. Dr. Gibbons is no stranger to the NIH having served most recently on the advisory council for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. He also currently serves as a Working Group member of the CRGGH.

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Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2012