profile picture

Jay Achar

PhD student

About me

I trained as a medical doctor at University College London before moving to Melbourne, Australia to complete my specialist training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Over the past decade, I have gained extensive international experience in low resource settings both in health programming and operational research. 

Following an intensive 18 months supporting West African Ebola interventions in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, my work has focused more strongly on TB and HIV both in the ex-CIS countries (Belarus, Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan) and in sub-Saharan Africa (South Sudan, DR Congo, Chad). 

Within the TB community, I have contributed to a number of policy and consultation documents to help improve the support given to national programmes and continue to participate in a wide range of initiatives to train colleagues who treat people suffering with TB. 

After completing my specialist training, I have been awarded a MSc with distinction in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and have received a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Royal College of Physicians, London. 

Research description

Doctoral project

Funded by Venenskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council), my PhD project will investigate the ability of aerosol detection of tuberculosis to predict household transmission. The project includes a number of laboratory and clinical studies in Sweden, South Africa and Mozambique establishing the performance of a new device to detect aerosolised pathogens and to then investigate the association between detection in adult patients and transmission within the household. 

TB research

I continue to collaborate with old colleagues in a number of academic institutions in the field of TB both to contribute to a chronically underfunded and poorly understood research field and to learn new things from experienced collaborators. I am particularily interested in the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis in adults and children as well as the impact of treatment of TB infection. 

Data-driven decision-making

After working with large quantities of diverse data, I believe strongly in the role of well managed data in supporting health-related decision making. I have extensive practical experience in data collection and data management in challenging environments (Wired) and have built on the knowledge of regression modelling I gained during my MSc.