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Seblework Mekonen Shegen

Country of origin: Ethiopia Currently in: Ethiopia, Jimma General field of specialization: Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Early Career Fellowship
Academic Background


2016 Doctorate Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences

Determination of pesticide residues in consumer products and consumer risk assessment. Food safety, occupational exposure to pesticides and their risks. Evaluation of level of heavy metal in body biomarkers such as blood and risk to human being. Analysis of chemicals in environmental samples such as food, water, air and undertaking human and environmental risk assessment. The risk of chemical exposure and chronic diseases such as cancer.

Research Keywords: 
3D Printing

Publications resulting from Research: 

Mekonen S, Ambelu A and Spanoghe P, 2014. Pesticide residue evaluation in major staple food items of Ethiopia using the QuEChERS method: A case study from the Jimma zone. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Vol. 33, No. 6, pp. 1294–1302.
Mekonen S. Lachat C., Ambelu A., Steurbaut W., Kolsteren P., Jacxsens L., Wondafrash M., Houbraken M. and Spanoghe P.(2015), Risk of DDT residue in maize consumed by infants as complementary diet in southwest Ethiopia. Science of the Total Environment; Vol.511: 454–460.
Mekonen S, Ambelu A and Spanoghe P, (2015). Effect of Household Coffee Processing on Pesticide Residues as a Means of Ensuring Consumers’ Safety. Journal of Agricultural and Food chemistry, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.5b03327
Mekonen S, Argaw R., Simanesew A., Houbraken M., Senaeve D., Ambelu A. and Spanoghe P (2016). Pesticide residues in drinking water and associated risks to consumers in Ethiopia. Chemosphere 162 (2016) 252e260,
Mekonen S, Ambelu A, Negassa B and Spanoghe P,(2017). Exposure to DDT and its metabolites from khat (Catha edulis) chewing: Consumers risk assessment from southwestern Ethiopia. Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology 87 (2017) 64-70
Mekonen S, Maniales.W.S and Ambelu, 2014. Importance of labeling and patient knowledge to ensure proper care during drug dispensing: A case study from a tertiary hospital in Ethiopia
Mekonen S, Ambelu A and Spanoghe P, (2019), Reduction of pesticide residues from teff (Eragrostis tef) flour spiked with selected pesticides using household food processing steps. Heliyon 5(5):e01740 · May 2019  DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e01740
Ambelu A, Mekonen S, Koch M, Addis T, Boets P et al, 2014. The application of predictive modeling for determining Bio-Environmental factors affecting the distribution of Black flies (Diptera: Simuliidea) in Gilgel Gibe watershed Southwest, Ethiopia. PLos One 9(11), e112221.doi 10.1371/Journal.Pone.0112221
Getaneh Z, Mekonen S and Ambelu A, 2014. Exposure and health risk assessment of lead in the communities of Jimma town, Southwest Ethiopia. Bulletin of Environmental contamination and Toxicology, doi 10.1007/s0028-014-1293-7
Ambelu A, Mekonen S & Gebresilassie A, Malu and Karunamoorthi K.A, 2013. Physicochemical and Biological characteristics of two Ethiopian wetlands. Wetlands 33:691–698
Amasa W, Santiago D, Mekonen S and Ambelu A, 2012. Are cosmetics used in developing countries safe? Use and dermal irritation of body care products in Jimma twon, Southwest, Ethiopia. Journal of Toxicology Volume 2012, Article ID 204830, 8 pages, doi:10.1155/2012/204830
Lette A, Ambelu A, Getahun T and Mekonen S, 2018. A survey of work related injuries among building construction workers in South-western, Ethiopia. International journal of Industrial Ergonomics, vol. 68, p 57-64,
Dejene M, Kedir K, Mekonen S and Gure A. Determination of Selected Pesticide Residues from Gilgel Gibe (I) Hydroelectric Dam Reservoir and Its Tributaries, Jimma Zone, Ethiopia. Int. J. New. Chem., 2020, Vol. 7, Issue 1, pp. 14-29

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Teaching courses : Environmental Impact of Pesticides, Human Toxicology, Eco-toxicology and Risk Assessment, Food Safety, Environmental Toxicology. Promoter: Three PhD students (2 as 1st and 1 as 2nd advisor) 5 MSc students and 2 undergrad students Leading POPRIC project Funded by OWSD UNESCO/IDRC

Workshop and Conference Attended

2019 Accra, Ghana Water First! For African Women in Water Research and Policy


Society of Women in Science and Technology (SEWiST) Ethiopia

Presentation given

Effect of Household Coffee Processing on Pesticide Residues as a Means of Ensuring Consumers’ Safety
Ghent University, Belgium
Event: 68th international symposium on crop protection
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Oct 2012
PhD scholarship grant from BOF special research fund in Ghent University Belgium
The award is was to undertake my PhD study in Ghent University, Belgium
Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship awarded 2018

Early Career Fellowship awarded awarded


Human Exposure and Consumer Risk Assessment to Pesticides in Ethiopia

Career development since receiving OWSD Fellowship

Associate Professor