Richards grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Finneytown High School, in Ohio, in 1980. He obtained a B.S. in microbiology from Ohio State University before getting a master's degree in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
A former biotech executive, Richards earned a BS in microbiology from the Ohio State University, a master's degree in genetic engineering from the University of Wisconsin, where he engineered mutant viruses now named after him, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Douglas E. Richards has been widely praised for his ability to weave action, suspense, and science into riveting novels that straddle the thriller and science fiction genres. He is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of "Wired", its sequel, "Amped", "The Cure", "Mind's Eye", "Quantium Lens", and other critically acclaimed middle-grade adventures enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
The author currently lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, two children, and two dogs.