Nitin Kumar Singh, Ph.D.
Planetary Protection Engineer
Dr. Nitin Kumar Singh’s 10+ years of research in Microbiology encompasses Microbial taxonomy, Microbial Genomics, Metagenomics, and Microbial ecology study, analysis and interpretation. He is specialized in working on pathogenic microbes found in hospital environment / clean room (SAF) to understand how microbes adapt to become more pathogenic under anthropogenic pressures. His work on Acinetobacter sp. and Bacillus anthracis clad has helped in the taxonomic resolution of both the genus. Until date, he has played a crucial role in validly describing 13 novel bacterial species from various environments and has been involved in the Genomic and Metagenomic analysis of various projects like ISS-MO, ISS-MOP, CASIS, IMPAS, SPACE-X, JPL-SAF, HEPA and MARS 2020. His work has helped narrow down the dominant microbial population in ISS and establishing its genomic identity through metagenome resolved genomes. He has been instrumental in the implementation of BIG-DATA analysis and visualization leading to the co-relational analysis of all the studies conducted at BPPG.
Microbial detection, identification and novel species description from LEO samples.
Pathogenicity analysis and prediction of probable human pathogens from space samples.
Survival mechanism under extreme stress such as low nutrient and high radiation.
Study of life possibilities around non-terrestrial planets and role of expansion and contraction in origin and evolution.
Focusing on bridging PP technology/research into Astrobiology and other space biology-related programs.
Studying the biological phenomena at atomic level through quantum descriptions.
2017 – Present, PP Engineer, Biotechnology Planetary Protection Group, JPL
2016 – 2017, Caltech Postdoc, NASA-JPL California Institute of Technology
2015, Postdoc fellow at SCELSE, NTU, Singapore
Ph.D. Life Microbiology (2010– 2015) Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTECH)
M.Sc. Biotechnology (2007-2009) (Gold medalist) - MNIAS, University of Bikaner
B.Sc. Biotechnology (2004 - 2007) - MNIAS, University of Bikaner,
Urbaniak C, Checinska A, Frey KG, Allen JE, Singh N, Jaing C, Wheeler K, Venkateswaran K: Detection of antimicrobial resistance genes associated with the International Space Station environmental surfaces. Nature Scientific Reports 20178
Be NA, Avila-Herrera A, Allen JE, Singh N, Checinska Sielaff A, Jaing C, Venkateswaran K: Whole metagenome profiles of particulates collected from the International Space Station. Microbiome 2017, 5(1):81.
Venkateswaran K, Singh NK, Checinska Sielaff A, Pope RK, Bergman NH, van Tongeren SP, Patel NB, Lawson PA, Satomi M, Williamson CHD et al: Non-Toxin-Producing Bacillus cereus Strains Belonging to the B. anthracis Clade Isolated from the International Space Station. mSystems 2017, 2(3).
Checinska Sielaff A, Singh NK, Allen JE, Thissen J, Jaing C, Venkateswaran K: Draft Genome Sequences of Biosafety Level 2 Opportunistic Pathogens Isolated from the Environmental Surfaces of the International Space Station. Genome Announcements 2016, 4(6):e01263-01216.
Singh NK, Blachowicz A, Checinska A, Wang C, Venkateswaran K: Draft Genome Sequences of Two Aspergillus fumigatus Strains, Isolated from the International Space Station. Genome Announcements 2016, 4(4):e00553-00516.
Pal D, Mathan Kumar R, Kaur N, Kumar N, Kaur G, Singh NK, Krishnamurthi S, Mayilraj S: Bacillus maritimus sp. nov., a novel member of the genus Bacillus isolated from marine sediment. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 2017, 67(1):60-66.
Behera P, Venkata Ramana V, Maharana B, Joseph N, Vaishampayan P, Singh NK, Shouche Y, Bhadury P, Mishra SR, Raina V et al: Mangrovibacter phragmitis sp. nov., an endophyte isolated from the roots of Phragmites karka. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 2017, 67(5):1228-1234.
Singh NK, Carlson C, Sani RK, Venkateswaran K: Draft Genome Sequences of Thermophiles Isolated from Yates Shaft, a Deep-Subsurface Environment. Genome Announcements 2017, 5(22).
Seuylemezian A, Singh NK, Vaishampayan P, Venkateswaran K: Draft Genome Sequence of Solibacillus kalamii, Isolated from an Air Filter Aboard the International Space Station. Genome Announc 2017, 5(35).
Nair RG, Kaur G, Khatri I, Singh NK, Maurya SK, Subramanian S, Behera A, Dahiya D, Agrewala JN and Mayilraj S. Genome Mining and Comparative Genomic Analysis of Five Coagulase-Negative Staphylococci (CNS) Isolated from Human Colon and Gall Bladder. Journal of Data Mining in Genomics and Proteomics 2016, 7: 1-15.
Mual P, Singh NK, Verma A, Schumann P, Krishnamurthi S, Dastager S, Mayilraj S: Reclassification of Bacillus isronensis Shivaji et al. 2009 as Solibacillus isronensis comb. nov. and emended description of genus Solibacillus Krishnamurthi et al. 2009. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 2016, 66(5):2113-2120.
Singh NK, Raichand R, Kaur I, Kaur C, Pareek S, Mayilraj S: Exiguobacterium himgiriensis sp. nov. a novel member of the genus Exiguobacterium, isolated from the Indian Himalayas. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek 2013, 103(4):789-796.
Raichand R, Pareek S, Singh NK, Mayilraj S: Exiguobacterium aquaticum sp. nov., a member of the genus Exiguobacterium. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 2012, 62(Pt 9):2150-2155.
Singh NK, Kumar S, Raghava GP, Mayilraj S: Draft Genome Sequence of Acinetobacter baumannii Strain MSP4-16. Genome Announc 2013, 1(2):e0013713.
Kumar S, Kaur N, Singh NK, Raghava GP, Mayilraj S: Draft Genome Sequence of Streptomyces gancidicus Strain BKS 13-15. Genome Announc 2013, 1(2):e0015013.
Kaur C, Pinnaka AK, Singh NK, Bala M, Mayilraj S: Agromyces arachidis sp. nov. Isolated from a Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) Crop Field. Int J Microbiol 2013, 2013:831308.
Singh NK, Khatri I, Subramanian S, Mayilraj S: Genome sequencing and annotation of Acinetobacter guillouiae strain MSP 4-18. Genom Data 2014, 2:1-3.
Singh NK, Khatri I, Subramanian S, Mayilraj S: Genome sequencing and annotation of Acinetobacter gyllenbergii strain MTCC 11365(T). Genom Data 2014, 2:4-6.
Singh NK, Khatri I, Subramanian S, Mayilraj S: Genome sequencing and annotation of Acinetobacter gerneri strain MTCC 9824(T). Genom Data 2014, 2:7-9.