Indian Vet Flying High in NASA, making India proud

Pashu Sandesh, 16th August 2019

India yesterday celebrated its 73rd Independence Day with great fervour and enthusiasm, ISRO Gaganyaan 2 is on course to its Moon Landing. There is an air of positivity all around the country and when the news of Indian achieving recognition from an elite agency such as NASA USA, certainly makes one feel proud as an Indian. 

On  August 07 NASA selected 15 Space Biology Research proposals to support Moon, Mars Exploration. Out of these 15 research proposals, one of the proposals is by Dr Ritesh Tandon PhD, from the University of Mississippi Medical Centre, Jackson USA. 

Dr Ritesh is a BVSc & AH graduate from GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology Pantnagar, Uttarakhand. Dr Ritesh is presently working as an Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology University of Mississippi Medical Centre USA. 

 The proposal of Dr Ritesh selected by NASA is “Effect of Space radiation on cytomegalovirus reactivation and lytic replication”. This new space research would help NASA with its Artemis lunar exploration program to explore how life adapts and changes during space flights which could further support Human exploration of Moon and Mars.

Dr Ritesh Tandon has a brilliant academic record. After finishing his BVSc from Pantnagar, he moved to the USA to pursue his PhD in Medical Microbiology from College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia. He has to his credit many National and International publications and he is a popular speaker in the Microbiology conferences across India. 

Dr Ritesh Tandon you are indeed a shining star from India and Pashu Sandesh wish you all the very best in your Research which could help Mankind take a giant leap in Space exploration by landing on Mars. You have made all the Vets of India and GB Pant University Pantnagar, in particular, a proud community.