Faculty Profile

Berhanu Tameru, PhD
Professor of Mathematical Epidemiology & Risk Analysis
Director, Center for Computational Epidemiology, Bioinformatics & Risk Analysis (CCEBRA) and Biomedical Information Management Systems (BIMS)
College of VM, Nursing & Allied Health, Williams-Bowie Hall 107
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Fax   334-724-4277



  Dr. Berhanu  



B. Sc.    

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia         




Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Mathematics/Numerical Analysis


Post Grad Dipl.

International Atomic Agency   

Theoretical Physics



Auburn University, Auburn, AL




USDA Graduate School, Washington, D.C.

Risk Analysis                



Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), Redlands, California.                 

Geographic Information System 

Research Interest

Dr. Tameru's team research interest is in the area of Computational Epidemiology, Bioinformatics and Risk Analysis focuses on the new and emerging branch of science (computational science) with the goal of developing models that can be used in epidemiologic problem-solving and decision-making of animal, plant and human diseases. Current research areas include: dynamic (spatial-temporal systems analysis) and stochastic modeling; optimization models (linear/non-linear and dynamic programming); multivariate statistical models; expert systems models; neural networks and genetic algorithms; risk analysis and modeling. With his team he has worked on such diseases as HIV/AIDS, Cancer and in Risk Analysis models his team developed for such diseases as foot and mouth disease (FMD),H1N5, H1N1, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) (Released by the Secretary of Agriculture Ann M.Veneman Friday, November 30, 2001
(http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/hot_issues/bse/background/documents/mainreporttext.pdf), classical swine fever, citrus canker and others. He has collaborated with the USDA, the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, the University of Maryland College of Engineering, FDA and others. The research interest in the area of Bioinformatics includes a) Integrated Information Systems, b) Relational databases, c) Internet savvy databases, d) Computer Based Education, e) Internet and World Wide Web (WWW) resources, and f) Distance Education. Dr. Tameru's research interest also includes Harmonic Analysis in particular wavelets, Approximation theory and Cryptography. .

Selected Recent Publications PubMed.


Carter VL, Tippett F, Anderson DL, Tameru B(2010) Increasing prostate cancer screening among African American men. J Health Care Poor Underserved;21(3):91-106.

Lane C, Tameru B, Nganwa D, Habtemariam T, Asseged B, Robnett V, Wilson S.(2010) A quantitative risk assessment for the likelihood of introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus strain H5N1 into U.S. hunter retriever dogs. Avian Dis.;54:699-706.

Tameru B, Habtemariam T, Nganwa D, Gerbi G, Bogale A, Robnett V, Wilson W. (2010) Assessing HIV/AIDS intervention strategies using an integrative macro-micro level computational epidemiologic modeling approach. Ethn Dis. 2010;20:S1-207-10.

Nganwa D, Habtemariam T, Tameru B, Gerbi G, Bogale A, Robnett V, Wilson W. (2010) Applying the epidemiologic problem oriented approach (EPOA) methodology in developing a knowledge base for the modeling of HIV/AIDS. Ethn Dis.;20(1 Suppl 1):S1-173-7.

Gerbi GB, Habtemariam T, Tameru B, Nganwa D, Robnett V. (2009) The correlation between alcohol consumption and risky sexual behaviors among people living with HIV/AIDS. J Subst. Use. 2009;14(2):90-100.

Zekeri AA, Habtemariam T, Tameru B, Ngawa D, Robnett V. (2009) Conspiracy beliefs about HIV/AIDS among HIV-positive African-American patients in rural Alabama. Psychol Rep.;104(2):388-94.

Debretsion A, Habtemariam T, Wilson S, Tameru B, Wesley IV, Yehualaeshet T(2009) Comparative Assessment of Standard Culture and Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction to Detect Campylobacter Jejuni in Retail Chicken Samples Journal of Food Safety 29, 588-600.

Habtemariam, T., Tameru, B., Nganwa, D., Beyene, G., Ayanwale,Robnett, V.,Wilson, W., and Zekeri, A. A Conceptual Multivariate Modelling Approach for Integrating Epidemiologic and Psychosocial Determinants to Examine Diseases in Under-served Populations. Advances in Systems Science and Applications (ASSA), 2008, vol. 8, no. 2: 201 -205.

Tameru, B., Gebremadhin, B. ,  Habtemariam, T., Nganwa, D., Ayanwale, O., Wilson, S., Robnett, V., and Wilson, W.  Developing a Generic Risk Assessment Simulation Modelling Software Tool for Assessing the Risk of Foot and Mouth Disease Virus Introduction. Advances in Systems Science and Applications (ASSA), 2008, vol. 8, no. 2: 206 -211.

Habtemariam, T., Tameru, B., Nganwa, D., Beyene, G., Ayanwale, L., Robnett, V.and Wilson, W. (2008). Epidemiologic Modelling of HIV/AIDS: Use of Computational Models to Study the Population Dynamics of the Disease to Assess Intervention Strategies for Decision-Making. Advances in Systems Science and Applications (ASSA), 2008, vol. 8, no. 1: 35 -39

Tameru, B., Habtemariam, T., Nganwa, D., Ayanwale, L., Beyene, G., Robnett V., and Wilson, W. (2008). Computational Modelling of Intracellular Viral Kinetics and CD4+ Cellular Population Dynamics of HIV/AIDS.Advances in Systems Science and Applications (ASSA), 2008, vol. 8, no. 1:40-45.

Addo-Bediako A, Tameru B, Jackai LE, Bonsi CK. (2007). “Assessment of risk of introduction of Cylas formicarius elegantulus (Coleoptera: Brentidae) into weevil-free areas in the southern United States.” Journal of Economic Entomology, Apr;100(2):315-21.

Jackai, L.E., Sosinski, B., Jackson, D.M., Sorenson, K.A., Bonsi, C.K., Addo-Bediako, A., Ali, R., Tameru, B., Quarcoo, F. and Alvarez, M.N. (2006). “Occurrence and Intra-Specific Variation of Sweetpotato Weevil (Brentidae: Coleoptera) in Relation to its Potential Spread in Southern United States of America and the Caribbean.”Acta Hort. 703:197-204.

Berhanu Tameru. The Calderõn reproducing formula and frames. Communications on Applied Nonlinear Analysis 10, 2003, no. 4, 83—105.

T. Habtemariam, B. Tameru, D. Nganwa, L. Ayanwale, A. Ahmed, D. Oryang, H. AbdelRahman. Epidemiologic Modelling of HIV and CD4 Cellular/Molecular Population Dynamics. Kybernetics: The International Journal of Systems and Cybernetics, Vol. 31 No. 9/10, 1380-1390, 2002.

T. Habtemariam, B. Tameru, D. Nganwa, L. Ayanwale, A. Ahmed, D. Oryang, H. AbdelRahman2, G. Gray, J. Cohen, S. Kreindel. Application of Systems Analysis In Modelling The Risk Of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). Kybernetics: The International Journal of Systems and Cybernetics, Vol. 31 No. 9/10, 136-1379, 2002.










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