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PhD,Texas A&M University 2006
BA,Austin College 2002


Visiting Assistant Professor
Southwestern University
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

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Other languages you are fluent in: Hindi

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