It is with profound sadness that we learned today the passing away of Professor Teshome Gberemichael, a Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences. Professor Teshome was a Medical Entomologist at the Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathobiology at Addis Ababa University where he began as a research assistant and served for over three decades, training several masters and doctoral students and producing outstanding research results on the biology and distribution of vectors of tropical diseases. Professor Teshome served as Director of Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathobiology at AAU for over four years where he made significant contribution to the growth and expansion of the Institute.
Prof Teshome was one of the few African Medical Entomologists and a renowned sandfly taxonomist in sub-Saharan Africa. As a senior Fulbright Scholar at Louisiana State University, he developed a GIS-based potential distribution map for the two principal vectors of the diseases visceral leishmaniasis in East Africa and a risk map for the disease onchocerciasis in Ethiopia which are important tools to the control and eradication of the diseases.
Professor Teshome passed while receiving treatments in North America. His body reached Addis on Sunday October 15, 2017 and was laid to rest at Debre Libanos Monastry. We pass our deepest condolences to members of his family and friends.