Ritwika grew up in Kolkata in the eastern part of India. She went to St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata for her undergraduate studies where she obtained Bachelor in Science in 2009, in chemistry. Later, she received Master in Science from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, with a specialization in Inorganic chemistry. In 2012, she moved to Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay for pursuing her Ph.D. By then, she developed an interest in organometallic chemistry and decided to join the research group of Prof. Goutam Kumar Lahiri. Her PhD work was focused on developing new methods in organic synthesis with transition metals as catalysts. After receiving her Ph.D. in January 2017, she joined Prof. Stefan Mecking’s group in University of Konstanz, Germany, as a postdoctoral researcher. There she worked in homogeneous nickel-catalyzed functionalization of polybutadienes. Upon receiving a fellowship from Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) India, she moved to California in January 2018 to join the Hartwig group at UC Berkeley. She now works in the area of artificial metalloenzymes and C-N cross coupling reactions. In her spare time, Ritwika enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and watching movies, and also loves to spend time with her family over Skype. On rare occasions, she even goes jogging!