Dr Alemu is the team leader of BioInnovate Africa supported project on production of biofungicides for the management of coffee wilt disease in East Africa. He is a plant pathologist, mycologist, and researcher. He currently serves as co-founder and CEO of Kaffabio Control Agro-Industry (PLC), and president of Ethiopian Society for Microbiology (ESM). He is an associate professor in the department of microbial, cellular and molecular biology, college of natural and computational sciences, at Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia. He lectures and conduct research in the fields of applied microbiology, mycology, plant pathology (fungal pathology, forest pathology, cereal pathology, etc.), agricultural microbiology, soil microbiology and microbial biotechnology.
Dr Alemu has published his works on plant disease management, biodiversity studies, biopesticides development and formulation, biological assays, toxicity testing, and methods for microbial product development. His current research focuses on developing new and sustainable ways to control plant diseases, biopesticides development, sustainable utilization of beneficial microbes for increased mass production, and appropriate uses and applications of microbial products formulated from Trichoderma species for the management of plant diseases in Ethiopia. He has published more than 115 articles in reputable national and international journals. He has also presented papers in more than 50 national and international workshops and conferences.
He holds a Ph.D. from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi, India, and a Master of Science degree from the Tashkent Agricultural Institute, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)/ the Soviet Union.