Tarek joined the orthodontic team as an associate professor in July 2005. Before starting at the University of Alberta, Tarek was an Assistant Professor of Orthodontics and Bioengineering and the Director of the Orthodontic Clinic at the King Abdul-Aziz University in Saudi Arabia. He was a lecturer in orthodontics at Tanta University in Egypt prior to his appointment at the King Abdul-Aziz University. Tarek obtained his BDS and MSc in Orthodontics in 1987 and 1993 respectively, and his License of Law degree in 1994, all from the University of Tanta. In 2001, he received his PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois where he studied the effect of therapeutic ultrasound on bone formation during mandibular osteodistraction. He also received his Certificate of Specialty in Orthodontics in 2001 and his MSc in Oral Sciences in 2000 from the University of Illinois.
Tarek teaches in the undergraduate and graduate orthodontic clinics and devotes the majority of his time towards research. His research interests include bioengineering, biomechanics, bioacoustics, cell and tissue engineering, craniofacial anomalies, and clinical orthodontics. His main focus is on treating root resorption in humans.