Africa Center Executive Committee

Gilbert John, PhD

Dr. Gilbert John is the Assistant Dean of Research in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. John’s research interest focuses on the structure and function of Flavin proteins in Clostridium perfringens, Enterococcus faecium and Pseudomonas aeruginosa which are potential human pathogens. Flavin proteins are important in neutralizing the toxicity of oxygen-radicals, thus may serve to support the survival mechanisms found within bacteria. These bacterial Flavin proteins are known as azoreductases, and have been characterized as having broad substrate specificity. Important findings related to azoreductase physiology, molecular function, and structural state have been published.

Sept. 15, 2016 Source article: CSU alumnus Gilbert John named CVMBS Assistant Dean for Research

Bethlehem Abebe Astella, PhD Student

Bethlehem is a second year Ph.D student in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. Before coming to CSU, Bethlehem has worked for the school of Wildlife and Ecotourism in Hawassa University, Ethiopia for five years as a graduate research and teaching assistant and as a lecturer. She has also worked with many national parks in Southern Ethiopia on topics of natural resources conflict, community based conservation, Ecotourism and protected area management practices. Her works involved research and community training, conflict resolution workshops and consultancy in the establishment of community based enterprises in and  around protected areas.

Bethlehem has strong research and community outreach in topics of ecosystem services, protected area management approaches, land use changes, conservation, livelihoods and natural resources conflict in environmentally and economically vulnerable regions in Africa and other parts of the world.