Sarthak grew up in central India, where he finished his Bachelor of Pharmacy from Sagar Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Afterwards he pursued Master of Science in Medicinal chemistry at the University of Alberta, Canada. Being the first graduate student of Dr. Carlos A. Velázquez, he gained valuable insight in lab setup and management. The project was focused on reducing the side effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and resulted in four journal publications.
In September 2012, Sarthak started his PhD under Professor Mark Bradley at the University of Edinburgh, UK. The project was aimed reducing the side effects of chemotherapy. Through collaboration and self-direction, he developed and managed the various interdisciplinary research projects resulting in a patent and three journal publications. He also captained Bradley group soccer team and played for Edinburgh University Staff cricket team.
In 2016 after his PhD, Sarthak moved to St. Louis to be closer to his family. In St Louis, he has worked for Exeteur Group as a Research Analyst, performing due diligence on intellectual property (IP) to explore commercialization possibilities. He also completed a brief post-doctorate at Washington University in St. Louis before joining as a Technology Transfer Trainee in Office of Technology Management where he is learning about the business development aspects relating to various technologies and performing assessments, IP outlook and contract negotiations.
Sarthak loves travelling, brewing beer, socializing and playing sports. He has also participated as an Actor/Story writer/Director in 48 Hour Film Festival (Edinburgh, 2015-16 & Chicago, 2017).