Akram Da'darah

Akram Da'darah, Ph.D.

(508) 887-4579
Research/Areas of Interest:

Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
Host-parasite interaction
Drug Discovery and Development: For parasitic diseases
Immune regulation by helminth parasites
Vaccine development: mRNA, DNA and recombinant subunit vaccines


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Hamburg, DEU, 1997
  • Master of Science, Yarmouk Univeristy, JOR, 1992
  • BSc, Yarmouk University, Irbid, JOR, 1990


Akram Da'darah, M.Sc. Ph.D. is a Associate Professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine who joined the Molecular Helminthology Laboratory in 2010. Dr. Da'darah studies schistosomiasis, a major human parasitic disease caused by helminth parasites of the genus Schistosoma, also known as "Blood Flukes". His main research focuses on Host-Parasite interaction. The overall objective of his research is to understand how schistosome parasites are able to survive in the host for several years, as well as 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/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 Ph.D. in Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology in 1997 from Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine/Hamburg University, Germany. His Ph.D. research focused on polyamine metabolic pathway as a drug target for human parasitic diseases. He also obtained a Master's degree in Cytogenetics.