Ayechew Getu

PhD Student


Prof. Phil Ainslie

Current Program

Ayechew completed his BSc at the University of Gondar and his MSc at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Before joining the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus as a PhD student, he taught and supervised both undergraduate and master’s students at the University of Gondar.


UBC Okanagan Graduate Research Scholarship, International Four-Year Doctoral Partial Tuition Award (IDPT).


In his free time, Ayechew enjoys bicycling and swimming.


Current Research

Ayechew is interested in the field of high-altitude physiology, focusing on how genetic factors and prenatal and developmental exposure to high-altitude hypoxia influence physiological responses to acute hypoxic conditions. His research aims to enhance our understanding of how individuals raised or previously exposed to high-altitude environments differ in their physiological responses to acute hypoxia compared to those without such exposure. This work could have significant implications for preventing and managing cardiopulmonary diseases, as well as for developing strategies related to high-altitude activities, including mountaineering and athletic performance.