Pathak received her master’s in organic chemistry from the University of Lucknow, Lucknow, India. She has since gained more than 20 years of research experience in organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry, including the design, synthesis, and characterization of a wide variety of compounds such as natural products, carbohydrates, nucleosides and small molecules for the utilization in the development of novel drugs. Prior to joining the Chemistry Department at Southern Research in 2009, she was a faculty assistant at Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois. Pathak worked in several research laboratories in India, Japan and in the U.S., conducting research in many areas such as anti-infectives and anti-cancer drug discovery programs. Some of the recent drug discovery projects she has worked on include: the synthesis of saponin-based vaccine adjuvants; design and synthesis of quinazoline-based chemical libraries as allosteric modulators of biogenic amine transporters; and design and synthesis of benzimidazole-based Wnt inhibitors for the treatment of pancreatic and colon cancers. She has more than 49 peer-reviewed research publications, presentations and patent applications.