Yonatal Mesfin Tefera

Yonatal Mesfin Tefera

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Yonatal is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Adelaide Exposure Science and Health. His research interest is broadly in Occupational & Environmental Health topics with primary focus on assessing and controlling exposure to chemical hazards in workplaces and the Environment. His PhD project employs an exposure science approach to assess the influence of work environment, work tasks and worker characteristics on exposure to pesticides in Horticulture. He has an extensive experience in teaching, research, consulting, and project management. He has a strong academic foundation and expertise in the field of Environmental and Occupational Health.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 Williams, C., Pettman, T., Goodwin-Smith, I., Tefera, Y. M., Hanifie, S., & Baldock, K. L. (2024). Experiences of research-policy engagement in policy-making processes. Public Health Research & Practice, 34(1), e33232308-1-e33232308-10.
    DOI Scopus2 Europe PMC1
    2024 Debela, S. A., Tefera, Y. M., Endeshaw, M., Daba, C., Debela, E. A., Luke, A. O., . . . Gebrehiwot, M. (2024). Personal protective equipment utilization and its association with educational status among industry workers in Ethiopia: A systematic review and meta-analysis protocol. PLoS ONE, 19(4 April), 8 pages.
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    2024 Daba, C., Gebrehiwot, M., Debela, S. A., Desye, B., & Tefera, Y. M. (2024). Association between illegal drug use and cigarette smoking among Ethiopian students: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS ONE, 19(6 June), e0304948.
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    2023 Mesfin Tefera, Y., Gaskin, S., Mitchell, K., Springer, D., & Mills, S. (2023). Temporal decline in serum PFAS concentrations among metropolitan firefighters: Longitudinal study on post-exposure changes following PFAS foam cessation. Environment International, 179, 7 pages.
    DOI Scopus1
    2023 Debela, S. A., Sisay, D., Negassa, M., Daba, C., Mesfin Tefera, Y., Debela, E. A., . . . Gebrehiwot, M. (2023). Determinants of undernutrition among children aged 6–59 months during the COVID-19 pandemic: A hospital-based cross-sectional study in Ethiopia. Journal of Public Health Research, 12(2), 9 pages.
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    2023 Tefera, Y., Soebarto, V., Bishop, C., Kandulu, J., & Williams, C. (2023). A Scoping Review of Urban Planning Decision Support Tools and Processes That Account for the Health, Environment, and Economic Benefits of Trees and Greenspace. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 21(1), 48-1-48-29.
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    2023 Debela, S. A., Sheriff, I., Daba, C., Tefera, Y. M., Bedada, D., & Gebrehiwot, M. (2023). Status of persistent organic pollutants in Ethiopia. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 11, 13 pages.
    DOI Scopus3
    2023 Daba, C., Debela, S. A., Atamo, A., Desye, B., Necho, M., Tefera, Y. M., . . . Gebrehiwot, M. (2023). Prevalence of occupational respiratory symptoms and associated factors among industry workers in Ethiopia: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS ONE, 18(7 JULY), 17 pages.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1
    2023 Daba, C., Atamo, A., Debela, S. A., Kebede, E., Woretaw, L., Gebretsadik, D., . . . Gebrehiwot, M. (2023). A Retrospective Study on the Burden of Malaria in Northeastern Ethiopia from 2015 to 2020: Implications for Pandemic Preparedness. Infection and Drug Resistance, 16, 821-828.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS1 Europe PMC2
    2022 Gemeda, S. T., Soboksa, N. E., Tefera, Y. M., Desta, A. F., & Gari, S. R. (2022). PCR-based detection of pathogens in improved water sources: a scoping review protocol of the evidence in low-income and middle-income countries. BMJ open, 12(5), e057154.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2022 GBD 2019 Diabetes and Air Pollution Collaborators., Olagunju, A., Tefera, Y. M., & Noubiap Nzeale, J. J. (2022). Estimates, trends, and drivers of the global burden of type 2 diabetes attributable to PM<sub>2·5</sub> air pollution, 1990-2019: an analysis of data from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019.. The Lancet. Planetary health, 6(7), e586-e600.
    DOI Scopus83 WoS30 Europe PMC23
    2022 Tefera, Y. M., Gaskin, S., Mitchell, K., Springer, D., Mills, S., & Pisaniello, D. (2022). Food grown on fire stations as a potential pathway for firefighters' exposure to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).. Environ Int, 168, 11 pages.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS3 Europe PMC1
    2021 Tefera, Y. M., Gaskin, S., Thredgold, L., & Pisaniello, D. (2021). The role of formulation co-ingredients in skin and glove barrier protection against organophosphate insecticides.. Pest Manag Sci, 78(1), 1-7.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS3 Europe PMC1
    2021 Tefera, Y. M., Gaskin, S., Thredgold, L., & Pisaniello, D. (2021). Glove performance in a warming climate: The role of glove material and climate on permeation resistance to organophosphate insecticides. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 18(1), 1-12.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2020 Sbarra, A. N., Rolfe, S., Nguyen, J. Q., Earl, L., Galles, N. C., Marks, A., . . . Tefera, Y. M. (2020). Mapping routine measles vaccination in low- and middle-income countries. Nature, 589(7842), 415-419.
    DOI Scopus66 WoS44 Europe PMC52
    2020 Tefera, Y. M., & Olagunju, A. (2020). Global and regional burden of cancer in 2016 arising from occupational exposure to selected carcinogens: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 77(3), 151-159.
    DOI Scopus62 WoS39 Europe PMC40
    2020 Tefera, Y. M. (2020). Global and regional burden of chronic respiratory disease in 2016 arising from non-infectious airborne occupational exposures: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 77(3), 142-150.
    DOI Scopus58 WoS36 Europe PMC31
    2020 James, S. L., Castle, C. D., Dingels, Z. V., Fox, J. T., Hamilton, E. B., Liu, Z., . . . Vos, T. (2020). Global injury morbidity and mortality from 1990 to 2017: results from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017.. Inj Prev, 26(1), 19 pages.
    DOI Scopus110 WoS5 Europe PMC62
    2020 Soriano, J. B., Kendrick, P. J., Paulson, K. R., Gupta, V., Abrams, E. M., Adedoyin, R. A., . . . Olagunju, A. (2020). Prevalence and attributable health burden of chronic respiratory diseases, 1990–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, 8(6), 585-596.
    DOI Scopus1104 WoS547 Europe PMC664
    2020 Wiens, K. E., Lindstedt, P. A., Blacker, B. F., Johnson, K. B., Baumann, M. M., Schaeffer, L. E., . . . Bell, M. L. (2020). Mapping geographical inequalities in oral rehydration therapy coverage in low-income and middle-income countries, 2000–17. The Lancet Global Health, 8(8), e1038-e1060.
    DOI Scopus23 WoS16 Europe PMC23
    2020 James, S. L., Castle, C. D., Dingels, Z. V., Fox, J. T., Hamilton, E. B., Liu, Z., . . . Vos, T. (2020). Estimating global injuries morbidity and mortality: methods and data used in the Global Burden of Disease 2017 study.. Injury prevention : journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, 26(1), i125-i153.
    DOI Scopus46 WoS41 Europe PMC25
    2020 Deshpande, A., Miller-Petrie, M. K., Lindstedt, P. A., Baumann, M. M., Johnson, K. B., Blacker, B. F., . . . Behzadifar, M. (2020). Mapping geographical inequalities in access to drinking water and sanitation facilities in low-income and middle-income countries, 2000–17. The Lancet Global Health, 8(9), e1162-e1185.
    DOI Scopus87 WoS62 Europe PMC49
    2020 James, S. L., Castle, C. D., Dingels, Z., Resnikoff, S., & Rezapour, A. (2020). Global injury morbidity and mortality from 1990 to 2017: results from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 (vol 26, pg i96, 2020). INJURY PREVENTION, 26(SUPP_1), 165.
    DOI WoS63
    2019 Tefera, Y. M., Thredgold, L., Pisaniello, D., & Gaskin, S. (2019). The greenhouse work environment: a modifier of occupational pesticide exposure?. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B, 54(10), 817-831.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS6 Europe PMC3
    2019 James, S. L., Lucchesi, L. R., Bisignano, C., Castle, C. D., Dingels, Z. V., Fox, J. T., . . . Mokdad, A. H. (2019). Morbidity and mortality from road injuries: Results from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. Injury Prevention, 26(SUPP_1), i46-I56.
    DOI Scopus91 WoS66 Europe PMC48
    2016 Mitiku, I., Arefayne, M., Tefera, Y. M., & Gizaw, M. (2016). Factors associated with loss to follow-up among women in Option B+ PMTCT programme in northeast Ethiopia: a retrospective cohort study. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 19(1), 1-8.
    DOI WoS58 Europe PMC52
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  • Datasets

    Year Citation
    - Williams, C., Pettman, T., Goodwin-Smith, I., Tefera, Y. M., Hanifie, S., & Baldock, K. L. (n.d.). Supplementary Table S1.docx.
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Date Project Investigators Collaborators Funding Body Funding
2022 Dust exposure, workers respiratory health and equine asthma: A new interdisciplinary research collaboration between exposure science and veterinary medicine. Yonatal Tefera, Sharyn Gaskin Hubertus Jersmann, Surita du Preez, Samantha Franklin School of Animal and Veterinary Science Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide   $37,600
2022

Assessing and controlling worker exposure to hazardous nanoparticles: purchase of a hand-held sensor for real-time measurement of atmospheric nanoparticles (number and size distribution) in industry settings.

Yonatal Tefera, Sharyn Gaskin, Leonid Turczynowicz Adelaide Exposure Science and Health  Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide  $14,415
2019 Development of guidance document for stakeholder engagement in licensing hazardous chemicals and explosives  Yonatal Tefera Safework SA The University of Adelaide  $5,174

Yonatal has previous work experience as a lecturer, researcher and consultant at Wollo University in Ethiopia. Yonatal's background is in the field of Environmental and occupational health.


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