I am a Pharmacist with a PhD in Pharmacognosy. As a Pharmacognosist, drug discovery from natural products is the interest of my research. Currently, I lead a research group called BaSIL (Bioactive Secondary Metabolites for Improving Life) funded by The International Science Program, Uppsala University. The main objective of the group is to study Ethiopian medicinal plants with potential antimalarial activity. A particular class of rarely distributed plant peptides known as cyclotides is also of great research interest of BaSIL.
It is my belief that science can do service to society. Hence, I am a member of the Ethiopian Young Academy of Sciences where currently I am the vice chair.