Nath, who retired in 2009, is professor emeritus of the Davis College genetics and developmental biology program. He attended Panjab University in India, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He left India is in his 20s to earn a doctorate in genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the late 1960s, he and two other professors were hired to start a genetics and developmental biology program at WVU.
Nath has won many awards for his research and teaching, including the Hollaender Award from the Environmental Mutagen Society in 1997 for research in genetics and genetic toxicology. He has also been presented with the Outstanding Researcher Award and an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Davis College, and the Environmental Mutagen Society Education Award in 2000.
In 2002, his alma mater, Panjab University, presented him with the P.N. Mehra Memorial Award for an outstanding career in human genetics, toxicology and tumor cytogenetics. Nath also received a special WVU Davis College Dean’s Recognition in October 2015 for his service to the college, university and state.
Nath’s generosity is spread throughout the university and Morgantown communities. In 2008, Nath made a significant contribution to the Art Museum of WVU to create the Joginder Nath Sculpture Garden and Courtyard that will feature an outdoor exhibit area. In 2013, Nath provided funding for the construction of the museum.
Nath also serves as member of the WVU Davis College’s and the WVU Eye Institute’s comprehensive campaign committees, assisting with helping to raise funds for “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University” and as a volunteer with the Friends of the Art Museum of WVU. He has also donated to local arts projects and hospitals in the region. Nath has also established the Nath Graduate Student Travel Award, which assists graduate students in the Davis College by providing travel fund assistance to attend conferences, present papers, conduct research or travel to enhance their education.
In addition to Nath, three other individuals will also be recognized: former WVU Professor Emeritus and Historian Laureate of West Virginia Ronald Lewis; Professor Emerita Anne Nardi; and Deborah Smyth Green, WVU alumna and educator. To read the full story, visit WVUToday.