Highlights

  • Award-winning early-career planetary and astromaterials scientist with rich 6-years experience of working in the space exploration sector
  • Excelled in end-to-end analyses of terrestrial and extraterrestrial geological-organic materials
  • Awarded the 2014 Dieter Rampacher Prize by the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft – ranked #3 for basic science globally – for outstanding doctoral research by the youngest scientist
  • 1 of 10 next-generation scientists working in the planetary science sector selected by the ELSI institute run by the MEXT Ministry of Government of Japan
  • Sterling grasp over trans-disciplinary research and subject areas –  planetary chemistry, cosmochemistry, materials science, analytical instrumentation, astrobiology, origin of life
  • Co-Investigator of COSAC instrument on European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
  • Scientific team member of the Philae Lander – the first space probe in human history to ever land on a comet surface
  • Co-Investigator of COSAC team that discovered organic molecules native to the comet’s surface
  • Trained at some of the leading cosmo- and geochemistry labs of the world across 3 continents – Asia, Europe and America
  • Led and co-led competitive grants in a short career worth more than US$ 0.1 million
  • Partook in India-European Union track II diplomatic dialogue on space co-operation
  • Advocate for advanced scientific infrastructure in India
  • Fluent in English, Hindi and Marathi