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Curriculum Vitae:

Mohit Melwani Daswani

Dr. Mohit Melwani Daswani is a geochemist and planetary scientist studying the composition of subsurface oceans within icy moons, including Europa and Enceladus.

Mohit received his Joint M.Sc. in Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation under the Erasmus Mundus European Commission program at the Universities of Southampton, Lund, Warsaw and Twente, where he focused on remote sensing and mineralogical mapping of the surface of Mars. During his Ph.D. at the Open University (UK), Mohit worked on a number of martian meteorites, including the infamous Allan Hills (ALH) 84001, and constrained the composition of early (~4 Ga) martian fluids that chemically altered the rock while it was on Mars.

In 2015, Mohit moved to the University of Chicago, where he characterized the composition of the ancient salty lakes of Mars and the hydrological and climatological conditions that led to their formation. Mohit moved to JPL in 2018, where he carries out simulations of the interaction between rocks and fluids inside high-pressure vessels in the laboratory, and uses thermodynamic and numerical models to study the physical and chemical conditions of ocean worlds.

  • M.Sc. Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management, University of Southampton, Lund University, University of Warsaw, ITC-University of Twente (2011)
  • Ph.D. Planetary Science, The Open University (2015)

Research Interests
  • The composition of subsurface oceans
  • Water-rock interaction in “rocky” planetary bodies, from asteroids to magma ocean exoplanets
  • Like his former postdoctoral and Ph.D. advisors, at the University of Chicago and the Open University, Mohit cannot stop thinking about the puzzles of early Mars

Professional Experience
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (2018 – Present)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Chicago (2015 – 2017)

Community Service
  • NASA panel reviewer, 2015 – 2018

Selected Awards
  • Lunar and Planetary Institute Career Development Award (2014)
  • Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland Bursary (2014)
  • Royal Astronomical Society Grant (2012)

Selected Publications
  • Melwani Daswani M., Kite E. S., 2017. Paleohydrology on Mars constrained by mass balance and mineralogy of pre‐Amazonian sodium chloride lakes. J. Geophys. Res. Planets 122, 1802–1823.
  • Melwani Daswani, M., Schwenzer, S. P., Reed, M. H., Wright, I. P., and Grady, M. M. (2016). Alteration minerals and fluids on early Mars: Predictions from 1D flow geochemical modelling of mineral assemblages in meteorite ALH 84001. Meteorit. Planet. Sci., 51(11): 2154 – 2174. https://doi:10.1111/maps12713
  • Gross, J., Filiberto, J., Herd, C. D. K., Melwani Daswani, M., Schwenzer, S. P., and Treiman, A. H. (2013). Petrography, mineral chemistry, and crystallization history of olivine-phyric shergottite NWA 6234: A new melt composition. Meteorit. Planet. Sci., 48(5): 854 – 871. https://doi:10.1111/maps.12092

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