Destaw Worku Mengstu (PhD)

Full Name Destaw Worku Mengistu
Academic Rank Assistant Professor
Educational Background
  • Ph.D. in Animal Genetics and Breeding from ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute (ICAR-NDRI), Karnal, India (08-2018 to 09-2021)
  • M.Sc. in Animal Genetics and Breeding from Bahirdar University (09-2013 to 04-2016 )
  • B.Sc. in Animal Production from Ambo University (11-2007 to 06-2010)
Working Experience
  • Assistant Professor,Injibara University  (11-2022 to Present)
  • Head, Department of Animal Science at Injibara University, Ethiopia (29-2024 to Present)Assistant Professor, Salale University, Ethiopia (09-2021 to 10-2022)
  • Lecturer, Salale University, Ethiopia (10-2017 to 08-2018)
  • Senior Instructor, Alage Agricultural Technical Vocational Education Training College, Ziway, Ethiopia (11-2011 to 10-2017)      
Research Interest
  • Quantitative Genetics and Molecular Genetics
  • Functional and Computational Genomics / Animal Genomics
  • Genetic Polymorphism of candidate genes in livestock species
  • Genome-wide and transcriptome-wide association studies in livestock
  • Genetic parameter estimation using REML and Bayesian approach
  • Bio informatics

1. Worku, D., Verma, A. Genetic variation in bovine LAP3 and SIRT1 genes associated with fertility traits in dairy cattle. BMC Genomic Data 25, 32 (2024).

2. Worku D, Hussen J, De Matteis G, Schusser B and Alhussien MN (2023). Candidate genes associated with heat stress and breeding strategies to relieve its effects in dairy cattle: a deeper insight into the genetic architecture and immune response to heat stress. A review. Front. Vet. Sci. 10: 1151241. doi: 10. 3389/fvets.2023.1151241.

3. Worku D, Gowane G, Verma A (2023). Genetic variation in promoter region of the bovine LAP3 gene associated with estimated breeding values of milk production traits and clinical mastitis in dairy cattle. PLoS ONE 18 (5): e0277156.

4. Ravi Kumar, D., Nandhini, P.B., Joel Devadasan, M., Destaw Worku Mengistu, Archana Verma, I.D. Gupta, S.K. Niranjan, R.S. Kataria & M.S. Tantia (2023). Genome-wide association study revealed suggestive QTLs for production and reproduction traits in Indian Murrah buffalo. 3 Biotech, 13, 100.

5. Worku, D., Gowane, G., Alex, R., Joshi, P., Verma, A. (2022). Inputs for optimizing  selection  platform for milk production traits of dairy  Sahiwal cattlePLoS ONE17(5): e0267800.                     

6. Worku, D., Gowane, G.R., Mukherjee, A., Alex, R., Joshi, P., Verma, A. (2022). Associations between polymorphisms of LAP3 and SIRT1 genes with clinical mastitis and milk production traits in Sahiwal and Karan Fries dairy cattle. Veterinary Medicine and Science, 1-12.          

7. P. Joshi, A. Verma, G.R. Gowane, R. Alex, I.D. Gupta & D. Worku (2022). Long term effect of growth in rearing phase on reproduction and production trait in Murrah buffalo. Proceeding of 12th World Congress  on  Genetics Applied  to  Livestock  Production (WCGALP), 2729 -2732.  Wageningen Academic Publishers

8. Joshi, P., Gowane, G.R., Alex, R., Gupta, I.D., Worku, D., George, L., Ranjan, A., Verma, A. (2022). Estimation of genetic parameters of growth  traits  for  direct  and  maternal effects in Murrah Buffalo. Tropical Animal Health & Production54, 352.

9. Worku, D., Gowane, G.R., Kumar, R., Pooja, J., Gupta, I.D., Archana, V.(2021).Estimation of genetic parameters for production and reproductive traits in Indian Karan Fries cattle using multi trait Bayesian approach. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 53, 369.

10. Worku, D. (2018). Effects of period of calving, season of calving and parity on milk production performance of Holstein Friesian dairy cows in Alage ATVET college, Ethiopia. Online J.  Anim. Feed Res, 8 (4): 97-104.

11. Destaw Worku and Kefyalew Alemayehu (2018). Evaluation of reproductive performance of Holstein Friesian dairy cows in Alage ATVET college, Ethiopia. International Journal of Livestock Production, 9, 6: 131-139.

12. Destaw Worku and Kefyalew Alemayehu (2017). On farm and on station comparative performances evaluation of indigenous sheep with their exotic crosses: The case in Dorper and Awassi crosses in Ethiopia (a review). Journal of Applied Animal Science, 10 (2): 9-22.

13. Destaw, W., Kefyalew, A., Mussie, H.M. (2016). Comparative reproductive performance evaluation of Holstein-Friesian cattle breeds in two different agro- ecological conditions, Oromia region, Ethiopia. Animal Genetic Resources/Ressources Génétiques Animales, 58, 31-4.

14. Mengistu, D.W., Wondimagegn, K.A., Demisash, M.H. (2016). Reproductive performance evaluation of Holstein Friesian and their crosses with Boran cattle breeds in Ardaita ATVET college dairy farm, Oromia, Ethiopia. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 6 (4): 805-814.

15. Destaw Worku, Kefyalew Alemayehu and Mussie H.Melekote (2016). Comparative milk production performance evaluation of Holstein Friesian cattle breeds in the two different agro-ecological systems: The case in Alage and Ardaita ATVET college dairy farm, Oromia region, Ethiopia. Advanced in Biological Research, 10 (5): 295-303.


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