Ricardo Javier Vázquez was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where he conducted his undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (UPRRP). After graduating from the UPRRP with a degree in chemistry, Ricardo attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, for his doctoral studies under the guidance of Professor Theodore Goodson III. His research involved using time-resolved spectroscopy and non-linear optics to probe important properties in organic semiconductors with optoelectronic applications. Following his doctoral studies, Ricardo joined Professor Guillermo C. Bazan at the National University of Singapore for his postdoctoral studies. While there, he worked with water-soluble organic semiconductors for energy storage, bioimaging, biocatalysis, and bioelectronics applications. For his independent career at IU Chemistry, Ricardo will work in the interface of organic materials and biology to address problems regarding precision in life science, green-energy production and storage, and environmental remediation.