Akshay Sharma

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Akshay Sharma is a clinician-scientist in the Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at Memphis TN. He graduated from medical school at Kasturba Medical College in India and then pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in tumor immunology under the guidance of Dr. Edmund Waller at Emory University. He completed his pediatrics residency at the University of Kentucky and a pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship at St. Jude. During his clinical fellowship, he worked with Dr. Mitchell Weiss to understand the genetic regulation of fetal hemoglobin and continues to translate that work developing novel transplant and gene therapy clinical trials for patients with sickle cell disease. His research also focuses on studying health outcomes after hematopoietic cell transplantation. He led the CIBMTR team describing the outcomes of transplant recipients who developed COVID-19.