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space scientist and researcher in astrobiology, horizontal gene transfer and the last universal common ancestor
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Sohan Jheeta HND BSc MSc PhD

Independent Educator, Science Communicator & Research Scientist

My Unique Universal Code Name: 16-8-1-18-7

Visiting Professorship of science communication (14) at:


University of Hyderabad, India

Loyola College, Chennai, India

CMD Postgraduate College, Bilaspur, India

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India

Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India

Chouksey Engineering College, Bilaspur, India

Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur, India

The Royal Jorden Geographic Centre, Amman, Jordan

Copperbelt University, Kitwe, Zambia

Chancellor College, University of Malawi, Malawi

National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe

The Open University of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute, Ethiopia

The South African Astronomical Observatory of Cape Town, SA

Chairmanships (3) of:

Founder: Science communication Ltd

Founder: Frontiers of Sciences (FoS), science in society group

Founder: Network of researchers on the chemical  Evolution of

               Life (NoR-CEL), scientific group

Fellowships (3) of:

The Royal Society of Biology (FRSB)

The Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS)

The Royal Microscopical Society (FRMS)

Memberships (5) of:

The Institute of Physics (MInstP)

The Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)

The Astrobiology Society of Britain

The European Astrobiology Network Association

The Royal Astronomical Society’s Hot Chemistry Group

The International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life

Guest Editorship (4) of:

2013: MDPI Journal: Life - ‘Horizontal gene transfer & its part in

                                             the reorganisation of genetics during

                                            the LUCA epoch’

2014: the Int J of Astrobiology - ‘The routes of emergence of

                                                       life from LUCA during the

                                                       RNA  and the  viral world’

2016: MDPI Journal: Life - ‘The landscape of the emergence of


2018: MDPI Journal: Sci - 'Molecules to microbes'

2021: MDPI: Life - 'Selected Papers from the 2021 NoR CEL Conference'

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassador


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Latest News
The next BNoRCEL2024 conference
entitled: "Reactive Oxygen Species"
To be held on
Wed, 30th, Thu, 31st Oct and Fri, 1st Nov  
Registration required via the QR code


I assisted Professor Nigel Mason in his application for two Major EU H2020 grant  (Europlanet Research Infrastructure 10 million Euros 2015-2019 and EUspaceAwareness 2 million Euros 2015 to 2018) by providing opportunities for engagement with under-represented communities in space science

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Personal statement


It is mind bogglingly inconceivable that, in this vast and hugely complex Universe, life should arise only once. With a Universe full of clouds of dust and gas molecules; with its innumerable solar systems; and with an untold number of potentially Earth-like habitable planets – it is hard to believe that they should all be barren and not fit for life. 


My research could be considered to be frontier science, as currently we have very little knowledge of ‘how life began?’ or whether ‘there is life elsewhere in the Universe?’ These two questions are inextricably interlinked in that, as life exists on Earth, it is quite feasible that it should also flourish on extra-terrestrial worlds. To answer these questions, mechanisms have to be found whereby ‘non-living chemicals’ could be transformed into 3-dimensional ‘first’ living organisms. This process is often termed ‘chemical evolution.’ I am fortunate to be investigating the mysteries of life, the Universe and everything that’s in it…​


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