Molla Wassie

Molla Wassie

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences


Molla Wassie completed his PhD at the University of Adelaide. His project was on ‘’ Iodine Nutrition in Early Life and Its Effect on Neurodevelopment and Growth”.

Before starting his PhD, Molla was a lecturer and researcher at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia and was the head of Human Nutrition department at the Institute of Public Health. In 2016, he established a nutritional surveillance system in Northwest Ethiopia with his colleagues.

Molla earned a bachelor of science in public health from Hawassa University and a masters in Nutrition from the University of Gondar, Ethiopia.

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Tariku, A., Gonete, K., Bikes, G., Alemu, K., Belew, A., Wassie, M., . . . Muchie, K. (2019). Household food insecurity predisposes to undiversified diet in northwest Ethiopia: Finding from the baseline survey of nutrition project, 2016. BMC Research Notes, 12(1), 7 pages.
    DOI Scopus1
    2019 Dagne, S., Gelaw, Y., Abebe, Z., & Wassie, M. (2019). Factors associated with overweight and obesity among adults in northeast Ethiopia: A cross‑sectional study. Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy, 12, 391-399.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2019 Wassie, M. M., Middleton, P., & Zhou, S. J. (2019). Agreement between markers of population iodine status in classifying iodine status of populations: a systematic review.. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 110(4), 949-958.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2019 Tariku, A., Belew, A., Gonete, K., Hunegnaw, M., Muhammad, E., Demissie, G., . . . Wassie, M. (2019). Stunting and Its Determinants among Adolescent Girls: Findings from the Nutrition Surveillance Project, Northwest Ethiopia. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 58(5), 14 pages.
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    2019 Wassie, M., Yelland, L., Smithers, L., Ranieri, E., & Zhou, S. (2019). Comparison of iodine status pre- and post-mandatory iodine fortification of bread in South Australia: a population study using newborn thyroid-stimulating hormone concentration as a marker. Public Health Nutrition, 22(16), 3063-3072.
    DOI Scopus1
    2019 Abebe, Z., Tariku, A., Bikes, G. A., Wassie, M. M., Gonete, K. A., Awoke, T., . . . Muchie, K. F. (2019). Poor child complementary Feeding Practices in northwest Ethiopia: Finding from the Baseline Survey of Nutrition Project, 2016.. Italian journal of pediatrics, 45(1), 7 pages.
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    2018 Wellay, T., Gebreslassie, M., Wassie, M., Gebretinsae, H., Ayele, B., Tewelde, A., & Zewedie, Y. (2018). Demand for health care service and associated factors among patients in the community of Tsegedie District, Northern Ethiopia. BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 18, 9 pages.
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    2018 Wassie, M. M., Abebe, Z., Trariku, A., Gebeye, E., Awoke, T., Gete, A. A., . . . Zhou, S. J. (2018). Iodine status five years after the mandatory salt iodization legislation indicates above requirement: a cross sectional study in Northwest Ethiopia. BMC Nutrition, 4(52), 52.
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    2018 Roth, G., Abate, D., Abate, K., Abay, S., Abbafati, C., Abbasi, N., . . . Badawi, A. (2018). Erratum: Global, regional, and national age-sex-specific mortality for 282 causes of death in 195 countries and territories, 1980–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 (The Lancet (2018) 392(10159) (1736–1788)(S0140673618322037)(10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32203-7)). The Lancet, 392(10160), 2170.
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    2018 Melaku, Y., Wassie, M., Gill, T., Zhou, S., Tessema, G., Amare, A., . . . Deribew, A. (2018). Burden of disease attributable to suboptimal diet, metabolic risks and low physical activity in Ethiopia and comparison with Eastern sub-Saharan African countries, 1990-2015: findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. BMC Public Health, 18(1), 552-1-552-20.
    DOI Scopus1
    2018 Geberselassie, S., Abebe, M., Melsew, A., Mutuku, S., & Wassie, M. (2018). Prevalence of stunting and its associated factors among children 6-59 months of age in Libo-Kemekem district, Northwest Ethiopia; A community based cross sectional study. PLoS ONE, 13(5), 1-11.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS8 Europe PMC5
    2018 Biks, G., Tariku, A., Wassie, M., & Derso, T. (2018). Mother's Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) knowledge improved timely initiation of complementary feeding of children aged 6-24 months in the rural population of northwest Ethiopia. BMC Research Notes, 11(1), 7 pages.
    DOI Scopus3 Europe PMC2
    2018 Engidaw, M., Wassie, M., & Teferra, A. (2018). Anemia and associated factors among adolescent girls living in Aw-Barre refugee camp, Somali regional state, Southeast Ethiopia. PLoS ONE, 13(10), 12 pages.
    DOI Scopus3
    2017 Tadesse, Y., Derso, T., Alene, K., & Wassie, M. (2017). Prevalence and factors associated with overweight and obesity among private kindergarten school children in Bahirdar Town, Northwest Ethiopia: cross-sectional study. BMC Research Notes, 10(1), 6 pages.
    DOI Scopus4 Europe PMC3
    2017 Fentie, M., Wassie, M., Tesfahun, A., Alemu, K., Mequanent, M., & Awoke Ayele, T. (2017). Chronic energy deficiency and associated factors among adults living with HIV in Gondar University Referral Hospital northwest Ethiopia. BMC Nutrition, 3(1), 9 pages.
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    2017 Melese, H., Wassie, M., Woldie, H., Tadesse, A., & Mesfin, N. (2017). Anemia among adult HIV patients in Ethiopia: A hospital-based cross-sectional study. HIV/AIDS - Research and Palliative Care, 9, 25-30.
    DOI Scopus12 Europe PMC6
    2017 Derso, T., Tariku, A., Biks, G., & Wassie, M. (2017). Stunting, wasting and associated factors among children aged 6-24 months in Dabat health and demographic surveillance system site: A community based cross-sectional study in Ethiopia. BMC Pediatrics, 17(1), 9 pages.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS16 Europe PMC14
    2017 Tariku, A., Bikis, G., Woldie, H., Wassie, M., & Worku, A. (2017). Child wasting is a severe public health problem in the predominantly rural population of Ethiopia: A community based cross-sectional study. Archives of Public Health, 75(1), 26.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS2
    2017 Tariku, A., Biks, G., Wassie, M., Worku, A., & Yenit, M. (2017). Only half of the mothers practiced early initiation of breastfeeding in Northwest Ethiopia, 2015. BMC Research Notes, 10(1), 7 pages.
    DOI Scopus6 Europe PMC5
    2017 Tariku, A., Biks, G., Derso, T., Wassie, M., & Abebe, S. (2017). Stunting and its determinant factors among children aged 6-59 months in Ethiopia. Italian Journal of Pediatrics, 43(1), 9 pages.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS5 Europe PMC4
    2016 Yirga, B., Assefa Gelaw, Y., Derso, T., & Wassie, M. (2016). Disordered eating attitude and associated factors among high school adolescents aged 12-19 years in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: A cross-sectional study. BMC Research Notes, 9(1), 503.
    DOI Scopus5 Europe PMC1
    2016 Tariku, A., Biks, G., Wassie, M., Gebeyehu, A., & Getie, A. (2016). Factors associated with prelacteal feeding in the rural population of northwest Ethiopia: A community cross-sectional study. International Breastfeeding Journal, 11(1), 7 pages.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS17 Europe PMC18
    2016 Wami, S., Demssie, A., Wassie, M., & Ahmed, A. (2016). Patient safety culture and associated factors: A quantitative and qualitative study of healthcare workers' view in Jimma zone Hospitals, Southwest Ethiopia. BMC Health Services Research, 16(1), 10 pages.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS13 Europe PMC9
    2015 Gedle, D., Gelaw, B., Muluye, D., & Mesele, M. (2015). Prevalence of malnutrition and its associated factors among adult people living with HIV/AIDS receiving anti-retroviral therapy at Butajira Hospital, southern Ethiopia. BMC Nutrition, 1(1).
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    2015 Wassie, M., Gete, A., Yesuf, M., Alene, G., Belay, A., & Moges, T. (2015). Predictors of nutritional status of Ethiopian adolescent girls: A community based cross sectional study. BMC Nutrition, 1(1).
    DOI Scopus14
    2015 Beyene, M., Worku, A., & Wassie, M. (2015). Dietary diversity, meal frequency and associated factors among infant and young children in Northwest Ethiopia: A cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health, 15(1), 9 pages.
    DOI Scopus38 WoS33 Europe PMC27
    2015 Worku, A., Mekonnen Abebe, S., & Wassie, M. (2015). Dietary practice and associated factors among type 2 diabetic patients: a cross sectional hospital based study, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. SpringerPlus, 4(1), 8 pages.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS10 Europe PMC12
    2014 Abriha, A., Yesuf, M., & Wassie, M. (2014). Prevalence and associated factors of anemia among pregnant women of Mekelle town: A cross sectional study. BMC Research Notes, 7(1), 888.
    DOI Scopus25 Europe PMC21
    2014 Mesele, M., Degu, G., & Gebrehiwot, H. (2014). Prevalence and associated factors of goiter among rural children aged 6-12 years old in Northwest Ethiopia, cross -sectional study. BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 14(1), 8 pages.
    DOI WoS18

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