Dr Kefyalew Alene is a spatial epidemiologist working on infectious diseases including tuberculosis, malaria, HIV and neglected tropical diseases in low- and middle-income countries. He is currently a Research Fellow at Curtin University, with joint appointments as Honorary Research Fellow Team Member at the Telethon Kids Institute, Australia. He is a recipient of the 2020 Emerging Leadership Investigator Grant from the Australia National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). His research project focus on designing an innovative approach for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public health interventions to help control and ultimately eliminate tuberculosis in high-burden countries.
He was a visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University, and an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia. He received his PhD from the Australian National University in 2019. His PhD research focussed on the spatial epidemiology of tuberculosis and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Ethiopia and China.