Richard Pastor earned an M.S. in chemistry from Syracuse University in 1977 and a Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard University in 1984. He joined the NIH in 1984 as a staff fellow in the Laboratory of Chemical Physics at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, before spending more than a decade with the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) at the Food and Drug Administration. In 2006 he rejoined NIH and has been with the Membrane Biophysics Section since. In 1996 he received an Excellence in Science by a Group award from the FDA, and the Center Director’s Public Health Achievement Award from the CBER in 1997. Dr. Pastor has authored or coauthored more than 150 papers or book chapters, and won the 2021 Avanti Award from the Biophysical Society. He is a reviewer for numerous journals, including the Biophysical Journal, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Chemical Physics, Journal of Computational Chemistry, and Biochemistry.