Yehualaeshet Teshome, DVM, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Biology

College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, USA
Phone: 334-727-8107
Fax: 334-724-4110


Institution And Location Degree
(If Applicable)
Completion Date
Field Of Study
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia D.V.M 12/1985 Veterinary Medicine
Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany Ph.D. 01/1995 Molecular Biology & Microbiology
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada Postdoctoral Fellow 08/1999 Cell Biology, Lung Fibrosis.
Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, CT Postdoctoral
07/2003 Cell biology, Molecular Biology


Dr. Teshome Yehualaeshet graduated with a DVM from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and Ph.D. from Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany. Currently.After he completed the PhD program in microbiology and molecular biology, he worked as a postdoctoral in University of Manitoba and Yale University was in cell biology, wound healing, and regulation of fibrogenesis. Currently, he serves as Associate Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, (CVM), Tuskegee University engaged in teaching and research. He endeavors to cross-pollinate his previous experience in cell biology, wound healing, fibrogenesis and cancer chemoprevention into the area of microbiology and related disciplines. Dr. Yehualaeshet is involved in teaching different courses to the veterinary, graduate and undergraduate students. He mentored and trained professional, graduate students, summer and work-study students within the discipline of microbiology, molecular biology, food safety, and antibiotics resistance.

Research Interest

  1. Develop robust and rapid molecular-based detection technique with major emphasis to foodborne   pathogens and biothreat agents
  2.  Use of special sample preparation for viability PCR to detect only viable  bacteria;
  3. Explore the role and risk of injured foodborne pathogens after thermal and pH challenge
  4. Elucidate the impact of plant extracts as pretreatment/treatment on bacterial growth and define its mechanism.

Scientific Activities

Positions and Employment
1986-1987 Research Officer, Institute of Agricultural Research, Adami Tulu, Ethiopia.
1987-1989 Head of Animal Health Research. Holetta Agricultural Research.
2003-2009 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL.
2009-current Associate professor college of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL.
2010-current Adjunct professor, Biology, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

2002-present Editorial Advisory Board of EVJ (Ethiopian Veterinary Journal).
2005-current Member, American Society for Microbiology.
2005                                       Member, PhD program IBS Tuskegee University, MPH/MSPH program of Public Health Program and Interdisciplinary Pathobiology (IDPB) PhD Program in Tuskegee University, Reviewer for Journal of Food Science, Journal of Food Safety and Tenure track application evaluation.
2003-2007 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
2007                       Proposal Reviewer; National Center for Food Protection and Defense proposals (NCFPD), USDA
2006-2008 Member, Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease (CRWAD)
2012,2013 Annual Biomedical Research Symposium (Member, 2012 & Co-chair; 2013)
2013                       Co-chair, Educational Policies Committee (EPC), College of Veterinary Medicicne, Tuskegee University.
2013-2014 Member, Intellectual Property Committee, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
2013-current   Intellectual Property Committee (Member 2013, Chairperson 2014- current), Tuskegee University.
2015, 2016 Chairperson, Phi Zeta Veterinary Chapter, Tuskegee University.
2016 -current Mycobacterial Diseases of Animals Multi-state initiative (NE 1201)
2015 -current Enteric Disease of Food Animals Multi-state Research Project (NC1202)


1990-99 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany, PhD program 
1995-99  University of Manitoba, Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund
2005 Faculty Scholar Award, FASEB MARC Program
2005 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, Outstanding achievement and dedication in the field of Veterinary Medicine
2006 &07 AACR Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Travel Scholars Award In Cancer Research Outstanding Faculty Performance Award for Research (2007-2008 Academic Year), Tuskegee University.
2012 American Society for Microbiology, General Meeting Minority Travel Grants
2015 Awarded USDA NIFA Animal Health & Well-Being 1890 faculty engagement project,
2016 Travel Award (Dec. 4-6, 2015) Second Advancing Research and Technology in the Sciences (ARTS) Department of Energy’s (DOE); April 12-13, 2016. Travel Award


  1. Abdela W., Yehualaeshet T., Habtemariam T., and T. Samuel. Novel Genomic Tools for Specific and Real-Time Detection of Biothreat and Frequently Encountered Foodborne Pathogens. (Journal of Food Protection, doi:10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-11-480, 2011).
  2. Abdela W., Graham M., Habtemariam T., Samuel T, and T. Yehualaeshet. Effects of Orange Juice pH on survival, Urease Activity and DNA profiles of Yersinia enterocolitica and Yersinia pseudotuberculosis Stored at 4 C. Journal of Food Safety. Volume 31, Issue 4, pages 487–496, November 2011.
  3. Fadlalla K , Watson A., Yehualaeshet T., Turner T., and T. Samuel. Ruta Graveolens Extract Induces DNA Damage Pathways and Blocks Akt Activation to Inhibit Cancer Cell Proliferation and Survival. Anticancer Res. Jan;31(1):233-41,2011.
  4. Samuel T., Fadlalla K., Turner T. and T. Yehualaeshet. (2010). The Flavonoid Quercetin Transiently Inhibits the Activity of Taxol and Nocodazole Through Interference With the Cell Cycle', Nutrition and Cancer, 62: 8, 1025-1035.
  5. Debretsion A., Wesley IV., Habtemariam T., and T. Yehualaeshet. Comparison of culture based and rtPCR detection of Campylobacter jejuni from Retailed Chicken. Journal of Food Safety. Volume 29, Issue 4, Date: November 2009,Pages: 588-600.
  6. Debretsion A., Habtemariam T., Wilson S., Nganwa D., and T. Yehualaeshet. Real-time PCR assay for rapid detection and quantification of Campylobacter jejuni on chicken rinses from poultry processing plant. Molecular and Cellular Probes:21 (2007) 177-181.
  7. Lee C.G., Cho S.J., Kang M.J., Chapoval S.P., Lee P.J., Noble P.W., Yehualaeshet T., Lu B., Flavell R.A., Milbrandt J., Homer R.J., and J.A. Elias. Early growth response gene 1-mediated apoptosis is essential for transforming growth factor beta1-induced pulmonary fibrosis. J Exp Med. 2004 Aug 2;200(3):377-89.
  8. Khalil N, Parekh T.V., O`Connor R., Antman N., Kepron, W., Yehualaeshet T., YD Xu., and L.I. Gold. Regulation of the effects of TGF-ß1 by activation of latent TGF-ß1 and differential expression of TGF-ß receptors (TßR-I and TßRII) in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Thorax 56 (12): 907-17. 2001.
  9. Yehualaeshet T., O'Connor R., Begleiter A., Murphy-Ullrich J.E, Silverstein R., and N. Khalil. A CD36 Synthetic Peptide Inhibits Bleomycin-Induced Pulmonary Inflammation and Connective Tissue Synthesis in the Rat. Am. J. Respir. Cell Mol. Biol. 23, 204-212, 2000.
Animal Science and Research Flyer