Gil Refael earned a B.S. in math and physics from Tel-Aviv University in 1997. He did his graduate studies at Harvard University (under the supervision of Profs. Daniel S. Fisher and Eugene Demler), and obtained a Ph.D. in theoretical condensed matter physics in 2003. After being a postdoctoral fellow at the KITP, UC Santa Barbara, for two years, he joined the physics faculty at the Cailfornia Institute of Technology. His research interests involve a variety of problems of correlated quantum matter, both disordered and out of equilibrium. Gil is also grateful for current support as a Cottrell Scholar and a Packard Fellow.