Dr. Akhil B. Vaidya is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and the Director of the Center for Molecular Parasitology within the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is a molecular parasitologist who has carried out seminal research on mitochondrial physiology and bioenergetics in malaria parasites as well as on mechanisms of antimalarial drug action and resistance. Dr. Vaidya's research interests also include development of new antimalarial drugs, parasite genomics, and global health challenges. He has served and continues to serve on numerous review panels at NIH, NSF, CDC and Veterans Administration. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Vaidya continues to participate heavily in teaching activities in both the medical and graduate student programs.