Dr Tehmina Bharucha is an Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Specialist Trainee in the London Deanery. She undertook a DPhil in the Zitzmann group 2018-2022, focussed on identifying protein biomarkers of Japanese encephalitis virus using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, funded by the MRC. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she contributed to setting-up the highly interdisciplinary Vaccine Identity Evaluation (VIE) collaboration that is still ongoing, evaluating the utility of mass spectrometry and several low-cost devices for identifying substandard and falsified (SF) vaccines.
Tehmina completed her undergraduate medical training at the University of Bristol in 2010, including an intercalated BSc Hons Neuroscience 2006-07. After an MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health and Diploma in Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 2014-15, she was awarded an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at University College London 2015-18. She spent the majority of her research time in Laos at the Laos-Oxford-Mahosot Hospital Wellcome Trust Research Unit focusing on diagnostics for neurological infections.