Dr. Neelam J. Upadhyay serves as Assistant Professor (Sr. Gr.) in the Department of Physics, Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Chennai Campus, since 2019.

She is a theoretical nuclear physicist and holds Ph. D. from the University of Mumbai. During her doctoral study, she was also a visiting student at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She did her postdoctoral studies in USA and later joined UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai, as a Visiting Scientist. In 2016 she was selected as one of the researchers nationwide to receive Research Grant under Startup Research Grant for Young Scientists program of Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Government of India.

Her current research work complements contemporary research in nuclear physics that aims to understand the structure and composition of the Universe and its constituents.


  • 2009 : Ph. D., University of Mumbai, Mumbai
  • 2003 : M. Sc. (Distinction), University of Mumbai, Mumbai

Prior Positions / Grants / Awards

Year Affiliation
2018-2019 Visiting Faculty,
Department of Physics, B. K. Birla College of Arts, Science & Commerce (Autonomous), Mumbai
2017-2020 SERB Scientist
under Start-up research grant for Young Scientists programme of SERB, Govt. of India
2015-2017 Visiting Scientist,
UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Science, Mumbai
2014-2018 Visiting Faculty,
University Department of Physics, University of Mumbai, Mumbai
2013-2014 Postdoctoral Researcher,
Louisiana State University, USA
2010-2013 Postdoctoral Research Associate,
National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, Michigan State University, USA
2008 – 2009 Visiting Student,
University of Helsinki, Finland, under the SITRA Fellowship award