Richa was born in the culturally rich city of Kolkata in eastern India. After completing her M.Tech in Industrial Biotechnology from National Institute of Technology Karnataka she pursued her PhD at Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) with research fellowship from the Government of India. There she worked on the development of field-applicable, convenient biosensing strategies for real food samples. Her research components include nanomaterials, aptamers, enzymes, chemical assays as well as optical and electrochemical methods of analysis. She was awarded the Newton-Bhabha International Fellowship in 2020 to carry out postdoctoral research with the Bradley group. She is presently working on imaging and targeted killing of microbial pathogens.
In her spare time, Richa enjoys sketching, painting, crafting, travelling and occasional visits to the world of web-series.