Tarek Mehanna is a United States citizen who was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1982. His family moved to Massachusetts when he was seven years old. He grew up in Sudbury, and graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in 2000. Tarek graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with a doctorate in pharmacy on May 16th, 2008. His younger brother, Tamer Mehanna, later graduated from the same school. Tarek’s father, Ahmed Mehanna, is a professor of medicinal chemistry at the School of Pharmacy, and his mother, Souad Mehanna, operated a childcare business in her home.
Tarek is close to his parents and he lives with them in their home in Sudbury. Since his detention, his parents have visited him as often as the jail permits.
In addition to his academic and personal studies, Tarek worked as a pharmacist intern at Children’s Hospital in Boston through 2005 and at Walgreens Pharmacy in Marlborough, Massachusetts, from December 2006 through 2009. He also worked at rotating medical sites at various hospitals, retail pharmacies and research facilities, as part of his course of study.