Saptarshi earned his BS at Bangalore University, India, followed by an MS in biotechnology. He then moved to the U.S. in 2009 to earn his second MS in biotechnology in the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, during which he worked under Dr. Stephen J Small as a research assistant in Drosophila genetics.
After that, Saptarshi started his doctoral work under Dr. William J Brunken, first at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center and then at the SUNY Upstate Medical University. During his doctoral training, he studied how extracellular matrix components, especially laminins, affect retinal angiogenesis either directly or indirectly, by modulating cross-talk between invading astrocytes and resident microglia.
After earning his PhD in 2017, Saptarshi joined the Agalliu laboratory at Columbia University Irving Medical Center as a post-doctoral research scientist. His current work is primarily focused on the development and maintenance of the blood-retina barrier.