Richard completed a Bachelor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, at The University of Queensland in 2006. Richard then undertook a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the Australian Insitute for Biomedical Engineering (AIBN), The University of Queensland, which he completed in 2011. He was subsequently recruited as a PostDoctoral Researcher to the Stem Cell Engineering Group at the Karolinksa Institute in Sweden. Upon returning to Australia, Richard accepted a Research Officer position, to work on the development of a cardiac micro-tissue screening device, in the Cardiac Regeneration Laboratory, headed by Dr Enzo Porrello and Dr James Hudson.