2000 -2008, Research Scientist, Basic Sciences Division, New York University



Lawrence School Sanawar, Bharat. Obtained the Indian School Certificate conducted by the University of Cambridge 1965. Studied in Sanawar (since 1956) on the prestigious and lucrative Govt. of India Scholarship for gifted children. One of the 60 children selected from all over India for education in India's elite residential schools. Was required to maintain a top-most grade (First Class) yearly for the continuation of this scholarship. During this period I was immeasurably influenced by Shriman Gore and Shriman Bhave.

B.Sc. Part 1, Banaras Hindu University, India, 1967, Topped in BZC Section.
B.Sc. Final, Jammu and Kashmir University, India, 1969.
M.Sc. (Organic Chemistry) Kanpur University (P.P.N. College, founded by Pandit P.N. Chak), India, 1971.  During this period I was immeasurably influenced by Dr. K.S. Bajpai.

Post Master's Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, in the group of the late Prof. Ernst David Bergmann (Chairman Israel Atomic Energy Comission), 1972-73.

Research Assistant, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India, 1973-74.

D.Sc. (Doctor of Science), University of Ghent, Belgium, 1977. Doctoral dissertation related to the study of biologically active substances by means of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. My Guru during this period was Prof. Dr. M. J. O. Anteunis. Prof. Anteunis derives his direct academic lineage from none other than Friedrich August Kekulé and immediate lineage from Vladimir Prelog. Also some seminal scientists on the faculty at Ghent included Kekule, Baeyer, Schrödinger, Heymans, de Hevesy, etc. Also the famous Leo Hendrik Baekeland was educated at Ghent.


Visiting Fellow, Dept. of Pharmacology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.
Guest Investigator, Dept. of Physical Biochemistry, Rockefeller University, New York, NY.
Belfer Fellow and Senior Research Associate, Dept. of Genetics, Molecular Pharmacology and Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY. Visiting Scientist, Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX.
Visiting Scientist, Dept. of Cardiology, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN.


University of Kanpur Light and Middleweight weighlifting champion and record holder 1969-70. In 1970 I had the highest total lift in all the weight categories.


I have never been a Post-Doc or a Research Associate at The New York University. This news was surely politically planted data. I joined this university as an Assistant Research Scientist.  For details see below the NYU publication Nexus (winter 2002 issue):

JOSEPH ZELIG, ’02, on placing second in the student research competition at the Greater New York Dental Meeting for his paper entitled “The Prevalence of Identical Porphromonas Gingivalis Strains Among Family Members.” The project contains a novel adaptation of PCR methodology to the study of bacterial transmission. Joseph’s faculty mentors were Dr. Robert J. Boylan, associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology; Dr. Mea A. Weinberg, clinical associate professor of periodontics; and Dr. Upinder Fotadar, assistant research scientist.


Pandit Niranjan Nath Fotadar and Major R. Som Dutt. Pandit Fotadar was a great educationist of Kashmir and his contributions towards my life unfathomable. Moreover, below an objective view on the contribution of Pandit Niranjan Nath Fotadar towards modern education in Kashmir:

It is also impossible for me to express my indebtedness to the aristocratic (Mohiyal Brahmin) Major Somdutt M.A. (Cantab), the brilliant educationist and a colossal individual in every manner. He at considerable personal risk protected me more than once, thus I survived at Sanawar. I believe that so far I have not disappointed him to any great degree! Moreover, Major Somdutt taught us all at Sanawar to only take the best of the East and West.