Richard H. Ebright is Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University and Laboratory Director at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology. He received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Harvard University. From 1997 to 2013, he was an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He has received the Searle Scholar Award, the Schering-Plough Award of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the National Institutes of Health MERIT Award. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Association for Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has more than 175 publications and more than 40 issued and pending patents. He has been a member of the Working Group on Pathogen Security of NJ, the Controlling Dangerous Pathogens Project of the Center for International Security Studies, and the Biosecurity Advisory Board of the Center for Civilian Biodefense. He was a founding member of the Cambridge Working Group.