Shamit Kachru received his A.B. from Harvard in 1990, and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1994. Following post-doctoral research in the Harvard Society of Fellows and at Rutgers, he joined the faculty at U.C. Berkeley in 1997. He moved to Stanford and SLAC in 1999. His research interests include string theory, quantum field theory, and early universe cosmology. He has received U.S. Department of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator, Sloan Foundation, and Packard Foundation Fellowships, and Bergmann Memorial and ACIPA Outstanding Young Physicist awards.
Results from string theory, generalizing the anti-de Sitter/conformal field theory correspondence, may offer a fresh set of mathematical tools for understanding some kinds of phase transitions that occur in cold atomic systems.