Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Department Faculty

Dr. Jacqueline M. Achkar, M.D.,  M.Sc.

Jacqueline M. Achkar, M.D., M.Sc.

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Areas of Research: Human host responses to M. tuberculosis - identification and development of TB biomarkers and diagnostics; correlates of M. tuberculosis infection activity; protective antibody responses and functions against M. tuberculosis

Professional Interests

Dr. Achkar is a physician scientist who, supported initially by a National Institute of Health (NIH) Career Development Award (K23), followed by grants from the NIH, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Gates and Aeras TB Vaccine Foundations, has built a successful translational research program in the field of tuberculosis (TB) serology, biomarker discovery, diagnostic test evaluation, and protective antibody responses against TB. She has many national and international collaborations with investigators from a broad range of expertise such as clinical research, epidemiology, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biodesign, and biostatistics.

Active tuberculosis (TB) is a transmissible respiratory disease that is caused by uncontrolled Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection. It is a major global public health problem, one of the top 10 causes of death globally, and the leading cause of death from a single pathogen worldwide, surpassing that of HIV. To control this major global public health problem, accurate and simple point of care diagnostics, additional options of antituberculous therapies, and more effective vaccines are urgently needed. Dr. Achkar’s research has the potential to inform these fields.

Dr. Achkar received her Medical Diploma and Doctoral Degree from the Free University of Berlin, Germany, and her Master of Science Degree in Clinical Research Methods from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her Medical Residency and Infectious Disease Fellowship at the New York University School of Medicine, New York, and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. In addition to her research activities, Dr. Achkar enjoys being an active Infectious Disease attending physician, teacher, and mentor. She is further the Co-Director of Einstein’s Global Health Center, and the Associate Director for Translational Bench to Bedside Research, Clinical Research Training Program.

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