Dr. Habumugisha Isaac


Habumugisha Isaac (HI) received a Bsc. Ed. degree in Physics and Mathematics from Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Mbarara, Uganda, in 2006. Later he obtained a PGD(PPM) and Msc in Physics in 2012 and 2013 respectively from the same University. HI finalized his Ph.D degree in Astrophysics from MUST in 2021 and was a pioneer graduate of Astrophysics in Uganda under EAARN / ISP.

In 2017, he joined the Department of Physics, Kabale University, as a Lecturer where he  has established a group on astrophysics and space science. His current research interests include Theoretical plasma physics, Nonlinear phenomena in high energy astrophysical systems, Cultural Astronomy and Astronomy Education. He is a Member of the African astronomical society and Arab Astronomical Society.

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PhD (Astrophysics) – at MUST
MSc. Physics -MUST,
Post Gr. Dip. – Dev’t Studies (PPM) MUST,
BSc. Educ. (Mathematics and Physics) MUST

Certificates: Basics of Grant and Proposal writing; Research Writing in the Sciences, by INASP-UK(Author AID)

Research Interests

My research interests are vested in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Specifically, I am fascinated with modelling astrophysical phenomena in high energy astronomical environments. Currently, I am also handling projects on cultural astronomy and astronomy education in Kigezi region, south western Uganda.


S. K. Anguma , Simon Katrini Anguma 1 , Vianney Habakwiha 2 and Isaac Habumugisha 2 . (2023) . Determination of natural radioactivity and hazards in volcanic soils of Kisoro district in south-western Uganda . Kabale University Interdisciplinary Research Journal (KURJ), 2(2). Kabale: Kabale University Interdisciplinary Research Journal (KURJ)
Habumugisha, I., Tessema, S.B., Jurua, E and Anguma S.K. . (2020) . On the structure of quasi- Keplerian accretion discs surrounding millisecond X-ray pulsars. . Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy , [online] Volume 41(24). Available at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12036-020-09643-w
N Noreen, A Shiekh, I Habumugisha, S Zaheer and H A Shah . (2020) . Linear analysis of bump on tail instability with non-Maxwellian distribution function . Plasma Res. Express, [online] Volume 2(2). Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/2516-1067/ab8e2b
Isaac Habumugisha, Edward Jurua, Solomon B. Tessema, and Anguma K. Simon . (2018) . The Structure of a Quasi-Keplerian Accretion Disk around Magnetized Stars . The Astrophysical Journal, [online] Volume 859(2), p. 147. Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/aac1ba
I Habumugisha, S K Anguma, E Jurua and L Nazziwa . (2018) . Dust ion acoustic double layers in a 4-component dusty plasma . Indian Journal of Physics, [online] Volume 92, pp. 1049-1054. Available at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12648-018-1169-5
S. K. Anguma, I. Habumugisha, L. Nazziwa, E. Jurua, N. Noreen . (2017) . Non-Linear Ion-Acoustic Solitary Waves in Electron-Positron-Ion Plasma with Non-Thermal Electrons . Journal of Modern Physics, [online] Volume 8(6), pp. 892-902. Available at: https://www.scirp.org/journal/paperinformation.aspx?paperid=76493
Jalira Namugaya and Isaac Habumugisha . (2017) . Current Causes of Girls’ Low Performance in Physical Sciences from Hard-to-reach Secondary Schools in Eastern Uganda . International Journal of Secondary Education, [online] Volume 5(1), pp. 12-15. Available at: https://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/journal/paperinfo?journalid=193&doi=10.11648/j.ijsedu.20170501.12
Habumugisha, I. , Anguma, S. , Jurua, E. and Noreen, N . (2016) . Onset of Linear Instability in a Complex Plasma with Cairns Distributed Electrons . International Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics, [online] Volume 6, pp. 1-7. Available at: https://www.scirp.org/journal/paperinformation.aspx?paperid=64256
Isaac Habumugisha, Akoba Rashidah and Chukondo Geoffrey . (2014) . A Holistic Approach to Ordinary level Physics Practicals . Available at: https://www.lap-publishing.com/extern/listprojects
Isaac Habumugisha, Simon K. Anguma and Edward Jurua . (2013) . A Study of dust ion acoustic solitary waves with a streaming ion beam . Available at: https://www.lap-publishing.com/extern/listprojects
Isaac Habumugisha and Charles Tushabomwe Kazooba . (2013) . Modelling economic viability of renewable sources of energy . Available at: https://www.lap-publishing.com/extern/listprojects



PhD student: Plasma Physics

MSc students: Slim accretion disc; Physics Education

BSc student: Astronomy Education


Topic: BASIC ELEMENTS OF THE QUASI-KEPLERIAN THEORY OF ACCRETION. A poster presented at the Sub-Saharan Astronomy Summer school (SSAASS) from 19th – 30th September 2022, Entebbe, Uganda.

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