Ritchel obtained her Master's Degree in Plant and Soil Sciences at Texas Tech University where she opted to specialize in Plant Breeding and Genetics. She joined the Neurobiology of Nutrition laboratory as a Research Aide in October 2019 and eventually decided to pursue a doctoral degree in Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology. Ritchel is interested in pursuing and understanding the regulation of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) and their distinctive properties involved in many metabolic and physiological roles. She also wants to explore further how BCAAs impairs neural functions affecting glucose metabolism as well as other nutrient regulation through surgical, molecular, pharmacological, transgenic, and integrative physiological approaches. Eventually, her plan is to continue expanding and gaining knowledge as a post-doctoral fellow in any field that is related to medicine and biology that has the potential to heal and improve lives.