Ray earned his doctorate at the University of Texas at Arlington, where, under the guidance of Dr. Carl John Lovely, he studied the total synthesis of dimeric oroidin alkaloid. He earned his Master of Science from the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and his Bachelor of Science (Honors) in chemistry from Midnapore College, India. Ray also studied abroad during his doctorate studies and did a research internship during the fall of 2015 at BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, within its Research and Development (fungicide development) Division, where he focused on synthetic organic chemistry. Following his doctorate studies, Ray joined Southern Research in September 2016 as a postdoctoral researcher in the Chemistry Department. His current focus is on synthetic medicinal chemistry research involving discovery and optimization of lead compounds in the area of opioids.