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Theodore F. Taraschi, PhD

Theodore F. Taraschi, PhD  is the Vice President for Research of Thomas Jefferson University and Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. As Vice President for Research, Dr. Taraschi has operational, planning and financial responsibility for the compliance and administration components of the research endeavors within Thomas Jefferson University. He oversees the offices of Animal Resources, Human Research, Office of Technology Transfer and Business Development, Research Administration, Research Administration Center of Excellence and Research Planning.

Dr. Taraschi received his PhD in chemistry from Rutgers University. He conducted postgraduate research in membrane biology and biochemistry at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Dr. Taraschi was appointed Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Hahnemann University in 1982. He moved to Thomas Jefferson University as Associate Professor of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology in 1987 and was promoted to full Professor in 1993.  Dr. Taraschi was appointed the Director of the Graduate Program in Cell and Developmental Biology in 2003, Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology at Thomas Jefferson University in 2005, Associate Dean for Research in the Jefferson Medical College in 2009 and Interim Vice President for Research in 2013.

Dr. Taraschi’s research interests are in the areas of malaria cell biology and biochemistry. His work centers on protein and membrane transport, hemoglobin uptake, internalization and degradation and DNA repair in Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites. Dr. Taraschi has published over 100 manuscripts and texts and directly mentored over 20 PhD and MS students. He has served on numerous grant review panels, including NIH study sections.  He has received several mentoring awards from postdoctoral and graduate student associations.