Bachelor of Science in Biology, Meerut University, 1985. Master of Science in Microbiology, Guruku Kangri University, Hardwar, India, 1988. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology, National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, India, 1994.
Senior research fellow, National Dairy Research Institute, 1989-1992; research associate, National Dairy Research Institute, 1993-1994; German Academic Exchange Service fellow, German Academy Exch. Svc., Bonn, 1992-1993; technical associate, Biotech, Research, Braunschweig, Germany, 1992; assistant professor, North Maharashtra U., Jalgaon, India, 1994-1996; head microbiology, Institute Bio-Medical Sciences, Dehradun, India, 1996-1998; senior faculty department microbiology, Kurukshetra (India) U., since 1998. Convener National Symposium Herbal Medicine, Dehradun, 1997.
Member Indian Dairy Association (life), Association Microbiologists India (life, general secretary 1995-1996, president 1996-1998, Young Scientist award 1996), Nature Conservators India (life, Kautilya Gold medal 1998), Society Microbiology and Biotechnology (president 1990-1991).
Married Monica Puniya, June 20, 1997. 1 child, Dharun-Vijay.