Jay Achar

Jay Achar

Phd Student
Visiting address: Widerströmska huset Tomtebodavägen 18 A, plan 3, 17165 Solna
Postal address: K9 Global folkhälsa, K9 GPH Alfvén Lönnroth, 171 77 Stockholm

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.

    Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    Masters in Epidemiology (MSc) - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    Fellow of the Royal College of Australian Physicians (FRACP) - Infectious Diseases
    Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) - University College London


  • 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.

    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.

    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 and have built on the knowledge of
    regression modelling I gained during my MSc.


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