Richard H. Ebright, Ph.D., is Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University and Laboratory Director at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology. He directs a laboratory of approximately twenty postdoctoral associates, graduate students, and technicians and serves as Principal Investigator on three National Institutes of Health research grants ("Bacterial Transcription Complexes," "Therapeutics for Drug-Resistant Bacteria: Myxopyronins," and "Therapeutics for Drug‑-Resistant Bacteria: Pseudouridimycins") and a Global Alliance for TB Drug Development contract ("Therapeutics for Tuberculosis: Aroyl-Aryl-Phenylalaninamides").
His research focusses on the structure, mechanism, and regulation of bacterial transcription complexes, and on the development of inhibitors of bacterial transcription as antituberculosis agents and broad-‑spectrum antibacterial agents. His research employs tools of structural biology, biophysics, and drug-discovery.
He received his A.B. (Biology, summa cum laude) and Ph.D. (Microbiology and Molecular Genetics) degrees from Harvard University. He performed graduate research at Harvard and the Institut Pasteur and was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows. In 1987, he was appointed as a Laboratory Director at the Waksman Institute and a faculty member at Rutgers University. From 1997 to 2013, he was co-appointed as an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
He has received the Searle Scholar Award, the Walter J. Johnson Prize, the Schering-Plough Award of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Waksman Award of the Theobold Smith Society. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Microbiology, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
He has more than one hundred twenty-five publications in peer-reviewed journals and more than twenty-five issued and pending patents. He has been an invited participant and presenter at scientific meetings in the US and overseas.
He served for sixteen years as editor of the Journal of Molecular Biology. He has served on the NIH Molecular Biology Study Section and on NIH special emphasis panels. He is a member of the Institutional Biosafety Committee of Rutgers University and has been a member of the Working Group on Pathogen Security of the state of New Jersey and the Controlling Dangerous Pathogens Project of the Center for International Security Studies.