Abraham Mengist

Area of Research

Malaria and Helminth Infection, Cervical Cancer Prevention, HPV Vaccine Acceptability


  • Currently: Doctoral candidate in Department of Public Health with specialization in Epidemiology
  • Addis Ababa University, MSc in Biology with specialization in Biomedical Sciences
  • Bahir Dar University, BEd in Biology with a minor in Chemistry

Abraham Mengist

My interest in studying malaria, helminth infection and cervical cancer prevention resulted from my desire to help my fellow sub-Saharan Africans. As a native of the region, Ethiopia specifically, I feel compelled to help my community combat and reduce the burden of these harmful diseases. I hope to achieve this by conducting epidemiological research that will inform clinical practices and policies related to prevention and control.

In order to achieve my goal, I needed to acquire further training in epidemiological research methods. In January 2015, I joined Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work’s Department of Epidemiology for my doctoral training. Training in this department has provided me with the necessary background and support to be a successful graduate student and future researcher. I found the faculty at Stempel College to be very motivated and committed toward helping students achieve academic excellence.

For example, I worked closely with my major advisor, Dr. Purnima Madhivanan, to research and write about deworming programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. The article, “Plasmodium falciparum infection status among children and Schistosoma in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review and meta-analysis,” published in the PLos Neglected Tropical Diseases journal. Stempel College recognized my efforts with the Path Science Award in 2017.

In 2018, I was accepted into the Graduate Student Recruiting Program, which was sponsored by National Institutes of Health.