Ashvin Vishwanath joined the Physics Department at UC Berkeley as an Assistant Professor in the summer of 2004. He received his masters degree in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1996 and his PhD from Princeton University in 2001. From 2001-2004 he was a Pappalardo Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT. He has also been a visiting graduate fellow at the ITP, Santa Barbara. Vishwanath is interested in systems of many quantum particles, where strong interactions lead to new states of matter. These new states can potentially be realized in experimental systems ranging from strongly correlated materials to dilute atomic gases confined to optical lattices.