Biruck Yirsaw

Lecturer (Teaching Specialist (Acad))

College of Science and Engineering

place Bedford Park (5.19)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Biruck Yirsaw has received his Ph.D. in Public Health and Environmental Remediation in 2015 from the University of South Australia. Dr Biruck has spent as research student with Environmental Health Department, Kyoto University from 2009 to 2011. From 2003 to 2009, he has been an academic staff and coordinator of Environmental Health Program at Hawassa University.

Dr Biruck has particular project interest on environmental health risk assessment/exposure studies, environmental technology, environmental sustainability and applying multidisciplinary approaches to environmental solutions.

  • PhD, Public Health and Environmental Remediation, UNISA, 2015
  • Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education), Swinburne University, 2021
  • Graduate Certificate, Data Science, James Cook University, 2021
  • MSc, Environmental Science, Addis Ababa University, 2006
  • BSc, Environmental Health, Jimma University, 2002
Honours, awards and grants


Research output on mango peel extract and nano-environmental remediation



  • 2019 UNESCO-Adelaide Chapter Achievement Award in Environmental Nano-technology Design and Environmental Health.
  • University Presidential Scholarship, UNISA, 2011 -2014
  • Scholarship from Center for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation, CRC-CARE, 2011 - 2014
  • Japanese Government Scholarship, 2009 - 2011
  • Contribution Award and 1500$, Management Transformation for Research and Development Program in Hawassa University, 2008 - 2009


  • Research grant from Center for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation, CRC-CARE, 2011 - 2014
  • Action Research Grant (~19000) from Plan International for School- and Community-based Water Sanitation and Hygiene Project
Key responsibilities

Scholarly Fellow (Feb 2022 - ):

  • Contribute in environmental health teaching using innovations/technologies
  • Strengthening partnerships for providing improved teaching, learning and/or research outcomes for the University
  • Environmental health curriculum design and development that nurture creativity and critical-thinking skills of the existing and future cohorts
  • Academic counselling and professional advice on studies, professional development, and career opportunities to students


Teaching interests

Occupational and Environmental health

Environmental toxicology and risk assessment

Environmental epidemiology

Environmental microbiology

Human ecology/sustainable development-health issues