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NS Faculty - Sujata Krishna

Sujata Krishna


Office: N651

I grew up in India fascinated by the Universe and decided to study Physics.  I was lucky to obtain a scholarship to Oxford University, where I read for my Ph.D. degree by doing experimental and computer simulation work in Materials Science. After that, I worked at University Edinburgh, Cambridge University, Leeds and Staffordshire Universities prior to arriving in Houston, TX. Here I worked at Rice University and was teaching  Math as an adjunct at UHD prior to becoming full-time faculty at UHD in Physics.  

  • Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Materials Science, University of Oxford, England (1994)
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Physics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India (1990)
  • ​Bachelor of Science (BSc Honors) in Physics, Banaras Hindu University, India (1988)​

​​I have taught General Physics I & II and associated Lab courses. I have also taught Calculus-based Physics and associated Labs in Natural Sciences. Additionally, I have taught College Algebra and Calculus in the Math Department. I have also developed an Online General Physics I course. 

I am interested in the teaching & learning of physics, math, and computation. I am also interested in mentoring and professional development of students. These days I carry out mainly pedagogical research studying the impact of various types of interventions, e.g. small-group problem-solving in physics, Public forum Deliberation on Science-related policy as a teaching tool, and best practices in online teaching of Physics.


  1. Presented at 'Teach Lunch' to Natural Science Faculty, Oct 2016
  2. Presented at 'Teaching Circle kick-off', Oct 2016
  3. Presented at 'UHD Teaching and Learning Symposium', Dec 2016.


  1. Krishna S., Wijmans C., Whittle M., and  Dickinson E.,(2000)  Modelling of milk protein gel by Brownian dynamics simulation of Aggregated Particle NetworksSupramolecular and Colloidal Structures in Biomaterials and Biosubstrates (pp 259-276)
  2. Dickinson E., Krishna S. (2001) Aggregation in a concentrated model protein system: a mesoscopic simulation of β-casein self-assembly, Food hydrocolloids 15(2) p. 107-115
  3. Krishna S., Wijmans C., Whittle M., and  Dickinson E.,(2000)  Modelling of milk protein gel by Brownian dynamics simulation of Aggregated Particle NetworksSupramolecular and Colloidal Structures in Biomaterials and Biosubstrates (pp 259-276)
  4. Jury S. I., Bladon P., Krishna S. and Cates M. E. (1999) Tests of dynamical scaling in three-dimensional spinodal decomposition Phys. Rev. E 59 R2535
  5. Jury S., Bladon P., Cates M., Krishna S., Hagen M., Ruddock N. and Warren P. (1999) Simulation of amphiphilic mesophases using dissipative particle dynamics, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics p.2051-2056 1(9)
  6. Kumar, SanjayGiri, D.Krishna, S. (2000)  Multifractal Behaviour of n-Simplex Lattice, Pramana, Vol. 54, 863
  7. Krishna, Sujata (1994) Atomic and electronic structure of grain boundaries in gallium arsenide, D.Phil Thesis (Oxon.)
  8. Ganapathi, L, Krishna, S., Murthy K., Vijayaraghavan, RRao, CNR (1988) A 105K Superconductor with three Cu-O Layers in the Bismuth Cuprate System.  Solid State Communications 67(10), p. 967-968
Research Interest 

I am interested in teaching and research in the area of condensed matter physics. I obtained a Ph.D. in Material Science which involved High-Resolution Electron Microscopy and Computer Simulation work to study the Grain Boundaries in Gallium Arsenide. This was followed by a postdoctoral stint at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in parallel computing, working on the Computational Grand Challenge in Colloidal Hydrodynamics.

I am also interested in the teaching and learning of Mathematics, Physics, Computational Skills and in Professional Development. I spent a year and a half at Rice University developing a course in professional skills for graduate students in Bioinformatics. Each year I run some professional skills workshop for UHD undergrads in addition to my work as a lecturer.

My latest project is to run a fully-online General Physics course at UHD. This will be the first physics course at UHD to be offered online.


  • Professional Development Grant for Online Education from Centre for Teaching and Learning Excellence at UHD to obtain the Online Learning Consortium's Online Teaching Certification ( completed Jly 2016)
  • Freshman Seminar Certification, Centre for Teaching & Learning, University of Houston-  Downtown, Houston (2014)
  • Udacity Courses: Building a Search Engine in Python, Programming Languages, Statistics 101.
  • Member, Higher Education Academy, UK, 2002 -; Radhakrishnan Scholarship to Oxford University, 1990-93;
  • National Merit Scholarship, University Grants Commission, Govt of India, 1988-90.
  • Awarded Professional Development Grant for OLC 'Online Teaching Certification'. (Summer 2016)
  • Awarded High Impact Practices (HIPS) award for small-group work sessions in General Physics I.

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