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.
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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.