Dawit Nigatu (Ph.D.)

Electrical Engineering
School of Engineering and Science
Jacobs University Bremen

Street Address: Campus Ring 1
D-28759 Bremen
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 750 561
D-28725 Bremen, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 421 200-3525
Fax: +49 (0) 421 200-3103
E-Mail: d.nigatu@jacobs-university.de
Office: Research I, Room 60


  • Dawit Nigatu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1987. He received his Bachelor degree from the department of electrical and computer engineering, Jimma University, Ethiopia, in 2008. Afterwards, he worked at a telecom company. In 2012, Dawit moved to Germany for his masters study at Jacobs University Bremen. Dawit joined Transmission Systems group at Jacobs University in August 2013 to pursue his integrated Ph.D studies. He is currently working as a Postdoctoral researcher on an interdisciplinary project of analyzing DNA sequences using information and communication theoretic tools. His primary research interests are in the areas of statistical inference, machine learning, bioinformatics, signal processing, and information theory.




  • Journal Articles


    Nigatu, Dawit; Sobetzko, Patrick; Yousef, Malik; Henkel, Werner

    Sequence-based Information-theoretic Features for Gene Essentiality Prediction Journal Article

    In: BMC Bioinformatics, 18 (473), 2017.

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    Yousef, Malik; Nigatu, Dawit; Levy, Dalit; Allmer, Jens; Henkel, Werner

    Categorization of Species based on their MicroRNAs Employing Sequence Motifs, Information-Theoretic Sequence Feature Extraction, and k-mers Journal Article

    In: EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, 2017.

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    Nigatu, Dawit; Henkel, Werner; Sobetzko, Patrick; Muskhelishvili, Georgi

    Relationship between Digital Information and Thermodynamic Stability in Bacterial Genomes Journal Article

    In: EURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, 4 , 2016.

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    Nigatu, Dawit; Mahmood, Attiya; Henkel, Werner

    The Empirical Codon Mutation Matrix as a Communication Channel Journal Article

    In: BMC Bioinformatics, 15 (80), 2014.

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    Henkel, Werner; Nigatu, Dawit A; Islam, Nazia; Mahmood, Attiya

    Some results from a joint project on Information Theory and Genetics Workshop

    ECE Graduate Seminar, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, 2015.

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    Book Chapters


    Nigatu, Dawit; Henkel, Werner

    Computational Identification of Essential Genes in Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes Book Chapter

    In: Peixoto, Nathalia; Silveira, Margarida; Al, Hesham H; Maciel, Carlos; van den Broek, Egon L (Ed.): 881 , pp. 227-247, Springer, Cham, 2018, ISBN: 978-3-319-94806-5, 978-3-319-94805-8.

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    Henkel, Werner; Muskhelishvili, Georgi; Nigatu, Dawit; Sobetzko, Patrick

    The DNA from a Coding Perspective Book Chapter

    In: Bossert, Martin (Ed.): Springer Lecture Notes in Bioengineering: Information- and Communication Theory in Molecular Biology, 2017, ISBN: 978-3-319-54729-9, 978-3-319-54728-2.

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    Ph.D. Theses


    Nigatu, Dawit

    The DNA from a Communications and Information Theoretic Perspective Ph.D. Thesis


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    In Proceedings


    Nigatu, Dawit Andualem; Henkel, Werner

    Multilevel capacities for the codon mutation channel In Proceeding

    10th International Symposium on Turbo Codes & Iterative Information Processing (ISTC 18) Hong Kong, 2018.

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    Nigatu, Dawit; Henkel, Werner

    Prediction of Essential Genes Based on Machine Learning and Information Theoretic Features In Proceeding

    8th International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms, Porto, 2017.

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    Nigatu, Dawit A; Henkel, Werner; Sobetzko, Patrick; Muskhelishvili, Georgi

    Relating Digital Information, Thermodynamic Stability, and Classes of Functional Genes in E. coli In Proceeding

    IEEE GlobalSIP14-Workshop on Genomic Signal Processing and Statistics 2014, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 2014.

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    Mahmood, Attiya; Islam, Nazia; Nigatu, Dawit; Henkel, Werner

    Bi-directional Lempel-Ziv-like Compression Algorithms in the DNA and its Technical Counterpart In Proceeding

    IEEE 2014 8th International Symposium on Turbo Codes and Iterative Information Processing (ISTC), 2014.

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  • Current research topics

    • Machine Learning
    • Information Theory
    • Data Science
    • Source Coding

    • Bioinformatics
    • Computational Biology

    Research Projects

    • The DNA from a Coding Perspective

    Funding:   Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG.


  • Graduate Assistant

    • Object Oriented Programming in C++ [2008/2009]

    Teaching Assistant

    Research/thesis co-advisor


  • Additional material associated with my study and research work.

    Semester Projects:

    Graduate Courses:

    • Probability and Random Signal Processing
    • Digital Communications with a Focus on Wireline Communications
    • Renewable Energy Systems Optimization and Management
    • Advanced Random Processes
    • Coding Theory
    • Detection and Estimation
    • Estimation and Detection Laboratory
    • Wireless Communications I & II
    • Signal Processing for Wireless Communications
    • Advanced Wireless Communications (Seminar)
    • Introduction to Information Theory
    • Speech Signal Processing
    • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology