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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Richa Sethi

Richa Sethi, M.S.

Richa Sethi, M.S.

Richa Sethi, M.S.

Visiting Research Fellow
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
Graduate Student
Department of Chemistry
Rice University

E-mail: richa@rice.edu
Phone: 281-686-9508


B.S.   Chemistry (Honors), Hindu College, Delhi University, India
M.S.   Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India


Richa is a predoctoral student in the Department of Chemistry at Rice University under the mentorship of Dr. Lon Wilson. In collaboration with Dr. Paolo Decuzzi’s group, she is studying nanoporous systems, which can be combined with a variety of agents, such as nanoparticles, antibodies and small drug molecules, to generate multifunctional systems that have theranostic capabilities.

Description of Research

  • Development of high efficiency Gd-based contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Use of mesoporous silicon particles as delivery vehicles for imaging and therapeutic agents

Major Areas of Research

Chemistry and nanotechnology

Recent Publications

Sethi R, Sangaranarayanan MV. Nonequilibrium thermodynamics formalism for Marcus theory of heterogeneous and self-exchange electron-transfer rate constants. J Phys Chem A. 2008;112(18):4308-4313.

Ananta JS, Godin B, Sethi R, Moriggi L, Liu X, Serda RE, Krishnamurthy R, Muthupillai R, Bolskar RD, Helm L, Ferrari M, Wilson LJ, Decuzzi P. Geometrical confinement of gadolinium-based contrast agents in nanoporous particles enhances T1 contrast.  Nature Nanotech. 2010;5:815 - 821.