Akram Da'darah, MS, PhD, is a Associate Professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University who joined the Molecular Helminthology Laboratory in 2010. His main research focuses on host-parasite interaction in order to understand how schistosome parasites are able to survive in the host for several years. The overall objective of his research is to identify novel candidates that can be used as drug targets and/or vaccine candidates. Prior to joining Tufts University, Akram has worked at the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health for twelve years as a post-doctoral fellow, a research associate and a scientist. He has extensive experience in studying schistosome parasites.
He received his PhD in Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology in 1997 from Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine at Hamburg University, Germany. His PhD research focused on polyamine metabolic pathway as a drug target for human parasitic diseases. He also obtained a Master's degree in cytogenetics.