UMST Awards First PhD by Research to Zerabruk Tesfamariam

img_0099UMST University congratulates Zerabruk Tesfamariam for successfully defending his PhD thesis and becoming the first UMST student to be awarded a PhD by research.

Dr Zerabruk is an Eritrean national who works as the Department head and lecturer at Asmara College of Health Sciences, Eritrea.

His PhD thesis is entitled, ‘Quality Analysis of Asmara City Drinking Water and Human Health Risk –based Assessment of its Hazardous Pollutants’.

The majority of his work was based in Eritrea: “The project was seasonal, so I would spend a dry season in Khartoum and a wet season in Asmara and so on,” said Dr Zerabruk.

He said: “I would go back to Eritrea often to collect my samples as that was the focus of the research.” The research consisted of three parts, microbiology, physio-chemical and instrumental analysis. The comprehensive study is the first of its kind in the region and aims to become a base for further research into the area.img_0092

“The aim is improve the quality of drinking water in Asmara and prevent water-related diseases in the long-term,” he added.

Of his time spent at UMST, Dr Zerabruk said: “I felt very welcomed at UMST, everyone was extremely helpful and the environment was very conducive.”

“I extend my thanks to Professor El Khawad and Dr Hanan, who were always on hand when I needed assistance,” he added. “It was a wonderful time and I consider Sudan my second home.”

Dr Zerabruk’s PhD thesis was supervised by UMST’s Professor Younis Mohammed Elhasan, of which he says would not have been made possible without his guidance.

“I want to give a special thanks to Professor Younis, who followed-up my work at all steps diligently, [he was] extremely professional and kept strict high standards,” he said. “I owe him the highest gratitude.”

Dr Zerabruk plans on returning to his native Eritrea where he will continue working in his post at the College of Health Sciences in Asmara. “I intend to continue and expand my research into this area, water quality is vast and has many components.”

img_0088He went on: “I hope to create a permanent link between UMST and the College of Health Sciences.” Dr Zerabruk revealed that he is currently working on a proposal to introduce long-term collaboration and exchange of information between the two institutes.

“The idea is to work with master’s student’s from the department of Public and Tropical Health to expand the area further,” he said.

Dr Zerabruk was honored by the department of Public and Tropical Health and UMST staff on Thursday 20 October, 2016 for his achievement.