Jickssa Gemechu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies

Jickssa Gemechu, Ph.D.Dr. Gemechu joined Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) in March 2016 as an assistant professor of Foundational Medical Studies. He teaches anatomy to M1-M2 students.

Dr. Gemechu received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from University of Verona, Italy, and his B.Sc. in Biology and M.Sc. in Anatomy from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He attended health profession education courses at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands. In Ethiopia, he served as lecturer at Hawassa University and taught gross anatomy, histology, and embryology to medical students; gross anatomy to health officer students; and surgical anatomy to cataract surgery graduate students.

Prior to joining OUWB, Dr. Gemechu was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Wayne State University, where he taught and engaged in a research project that examines whether ubiquitin E3 ligase, parkin, and the proteasome can promote survival and recovery from methamphetamine-induced neurotoxicity. His research interests also include neuroinflammation, brain aging and aging-related neurodegeneration focusing on microglia polarization towards potentially detrimental or beneficial states. In the future, he is interested in medical education research in the area of student assessment and evaluation.

Dr. Gemechu is a member of several professional organizations including International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), Society for Neuroscience (SfN), American Association of Anatomists (AAA), and International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE).

Contact Information:

Office: 457 O’Dowd Hall
Phone: (248) 370-3667


Anatomical Sciences, neuroscience, experimental technical


Ph.D. Neuroscience, University of Verona, Italy

B.Sc. Biology, M.Sc. Anatomy, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Research Interests:

Neurotoxicity, neuroinflammation, brain aging and
medical education