Dr Fantahun is the team leader of BioInnovate Africa supported project on Small-scale community-based biorefineries to produce syrups. He is a Researcher and Director at the Industrial Biotechnology Directorate, Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute. His research focus are in industrial biotechnology, enzyme technology, bioremediation, fermentation technology and agro-residue conversion.
He has led and managed research programs both at national and international levels. He has also worked at Arba Minch University, Ethiopia as a lecturer and as assistant professor, and served at various administration posts as associate registrar, faculty dean and research director at the institution.
He holds a Ph.D in Microbiology from Panjab University, India.