Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
PhD, Texas A&M University 2006
BA, Austin College 2002
Visiting Assistant Professor
August 01, 2011 - present
Organic Chemistry I and II
Instructional Team Member
Texas Regional Collaborative
January 01, 2011 - January 01, 2012
Statewide collaborative effort under the Texas Regional Collaborative at the University of Texas at Austin. Working with Pflugerville ISD administrators and science teachers on implementation of this program.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Austin Community College
April 01, 2010 - August 01, 2011
General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics
August 01, 2008 - August 01, 2009
Employed chemical and biochemical techniques to analyze newly synthesized detergents for their efficacy in solubilizing and stabilizing membrane proteins at elevated temperature ranges.
Graduate Research Assistant
Texas A&M University, Department of Chemistry
August 01, 2002 - August 01, 2006
Quantitative Analysis & Organic Chemistry Instructor
My research expertise is in lipoprotein separations and their analysis by various bioanalytical chemistry methods as well as membrane protein analysis by organic chemistry techniques. My research experience involves complex biological analytes as well as assays to test the efficacy of newly-synthesized organic detergents on membrane protein stability and solubility for x-ray crystallographic research.
Chae, P.S.; Rasmussen, S.G.; Rana, R.R.; Gotfryd, K.; Chandra, R.; Goren, M.A., Kruse, A.C.; Nurva, S.; Loland, C.J.; Pierre, Y.; Drew, D.; Popot, I.L.; Picot, D.; Fox, B.G.; Guan, L.; Gether, U., Byrne, B.; Kobilka, B.; Gellman, S.H. "Maltose-neopentyl glycol (MNG) amphiphiles for solubilization, stabilization and crystallization of membrane proteins" Nature Methods. 2010 Oct 31; Epub ahead of print.
Pohl, J.; Chandra, R.; Corpuz G.; McNeal C. and Macfarlane R.D. "Hypertriglyceridemia and megacystis-microcolon-intestinal hypoperistalsis syndrome" J. Pediatr. Gastroenterol. Nutr. 2008 Oct; 47(5):507-13
Chandra, R. and Macfarlane, R.D. "Remnant Lipoprotein Profiling by CsBiEDTA Density Gradient Ultracentrifugation" Analytical Chemistry. 2006 Feb 1;78(3):680-5.
Seminars & Presentations
Oral: "Accessible New Amphiphiles for Solubilization, Stabilization and Crystallization of Membrane Proteins." Richa Chandra; Presented to the Welch Summer Scholars Program and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX, June 1, 2011.
Oral: "A New Career Trend: Hyphenated Professional Identities for Indian-Americans." Richa Chandra; Presented at the Professional Development Seminar for Network for Indian Professionals Austin, August 28, 2010.
Poster: XIV International Symposium on Atherosclerosis, Fiera di Roma, June 18-22, 2006, Rome, Italy. "Density Profiling of Triglyceride Rich Lipoproteins and Their Remnants."
Oral: "The Analysis of Triglyceride-Rich Lipoproteins in Human Serum for Clinical Studies." Richa Chandra and Ronald D. Macfarlane; Presented at Student Research Week, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, March 29, 2005 (1st Place, Life Sciences Category).
Oral: "The Characterization and Detection of Remnant Lipoproteins in Human Serum." Richa Chandra and Ronald D. Macfarlane; Presented at Industry-University Cooperative Chemistry Program (IUCCP) Symposium, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, October 20, 2004.
Poster: "The Characterization and Detection of Remnant Lipoproteins in Human Serum." Richa Chandra and Ronald D. Macfarlane; Presented at Pathways in Research Symposium, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX, October 16, 2004 (2nd Place, Graduate Category)
Honors & Awards
1st Place, Life Sciences Category, Student Research Week, April 2005, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
2nd Place, Graduate Category, Pathways in Research Symposium , October 2004, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX
Dean's Award for Academic Excellence, 2002, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Phi Lambda Upsilon (Chemistry Honor Society), 2005
Groups & Affiliations
American Chemical Society, 2006-Present
Junior Faculty Research Group, 2012-Present, Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX
Site Leader for Be The Change, National Day of Service, 2011, Austin Parks and Recreation
Membership Director, Network of Indian Professionals, Austin Chapter, 2010-2011
Public Relations Chair for Lubbock City Lights Charity Ball and Golf Tournament, 2006-2007
Williamson County A&M Club, Member, 2010-Present
The Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University, Member, 2010-Present