Dr. Alem Abrha Kalayu is an Assistant professor of Medical Microbiology and Director of the Research and Publication office at Yekatit 12 Hospital Medical College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He recieved his PhD in Medical Microbiology from Addis Ababa University in 2019, his MSc in Medical Microbiology from Jimma University in 2010, and his BSc in Medical Laboratory Technology from Addis Ababa University in 2006. He has been engaged in teaching, research, and community service in different Ethiopian higher institutions since 2006. His research areas of interest include molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance and laboratory capacity building. He will serve on the TARTARE Disease Burden team.