Rachna Sadana, PhD

Academic Administration Panel

Job Title: Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry

Current Employer: University of Houston-Downtown


  • Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston (2009)

  • Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Houston-Central Campus (2004)

  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India (2001)  

  • M.S. in Biochemistry, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India (1996)   

  • B.S. in Biology, S.D. College, Panipat, India (1993)


After receiving PhD from India, I came to USA as a postdoctoral fellow. After multiple years of training in research, I started as a tenure track professor at University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), which is a four-year undergraduate university. My main responsibilities were teaching service and scholarship.  During my stay at UHD, I have played a leading role in curriculum and program development. Recently, I have become a certified online educator and have been teaching science courses online. At an undergraduate institute like UHD, I have a very active research program that focusses on cancer drug development and phage therapy. In 10 years, I have mentored 90 students in research, have co-authored multiple papers in reputed peer-reviewed journals and has obtained funding from various resources to support her research activities. In 2015, I received tenure and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. Currently, I am serving as the chair of the department comprised of 40 full time faculty members.

Most useful skill sets acquired from/for your field:  

  • Communication

  • Teamwork

What I love most about my job:  

The best part of being an educator is the interaction with the students. I love mentoring students and guiding them find their passion. Currently in administrator role, I love collaborating with faculty on developing new programs and also supporting faculty in achieving their goals.

Contact information:

Email: sadanar@uhd.edu


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