Title: Planetary Protection Engineer
Company: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Location: Pasadena, California, United States
Nitin Singh, Planetary Protection Engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of life science, microbiology, and biotechnology.
Dr. Singh started his higher education at the M.N. Institute of Applied Sciences at the University of Bikaner in India, earning a Bachelor of Science in biotechnology in 2007, and a Master of Science in biotechnology in 2009. He earned a PhD in life science and microbiology from the Institute of Microbial Technology in 2015 and worked as a research fellow at the Singapore Center for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering.
In 2016, Dr. Singh came to the United States, accepting a position as a postdoctoral fellow at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, rising to the rank of planetary protection engineer in 2017. He continues to work there to this day, and has contributed to a variety of publications, including the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, the International Journal of Astrobiology, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, and Food Chemistry Nanotechnology, among others.
As a doctoral student, Dr. Singh became infected with the organism he was studying, which resulted in him spending a month in the intensive care unit. He decided to turn this setback into positive motivation and went on to revolve his PhD study around it. He was the first member of his family to obtain a PhD, and he is thankful for his brother, who has always seen potential in him and supported him in his career.
Dr. Singh has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, Laboratory Cell Biological Technic, and Microbiome in Health and Disease. He has been recognized for his excellence with numerous awards, including the NASA Research Award in 2918, a Gold Medal in Biotechnology from MGS University in 2009, and was a PI on the GeneLab Innovation Award for “MANGO: An interactive tool for microbiome data analysis and visualization” from NASA Space Biology Research. He advises aspiring scientists to foster their professional curiosity, but to always maintain a work-life balance.
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