National Community Leader
US IgniteNishal is the National Community Leader for US Ignite and responsible for implementation of
the Smart Gigabit Communities initiative. Nishal joined US Ignite after serving as a AAAS Science
& Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of the Assistant Director, Directorate for Computer and
Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He was
responsible for developing and driving national initiatives in Big Data and data science, smart
and connected health, smart cities and next generation internet and applications through the
NSF US Ignite program.
Dr. Mohan previously served as the Director of biology policy for the Federation of American
Scientists and Acting Director of Scientists and Engineers for America Action Fund. Nishal also
founded and served on the board of directors as the Executive Director of the international
multi-organizational Virtual Biosecurity Center. In addition Nishal founded Pandemic Academic,
for emerging technology solutions to global infectious diseases. Nishal received his B.S. in
biology at CUNY Hunter College and his Ph.D. in molecular biology at Princeton University.