Vijay Balasubramanian received B.Sc. degrees in physics and in computer science from MIT, an M.Sc. in computer science from MIT, and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Princeton University. Following three years as a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, he joined the Physics faculty at the University of Pennsylvania where he is presently the Merriam Term Associate Professor with a secondary appointment in the Department of Neuroscience in the medical school. His research interests span the range of theoretical physics from string theory and quantum field theory, to early universe cosmology, to theoretical biophysics (neuroscience). He has been a Fellow-at-Large of the Santa Fe Institute, and received a first prize in the Gravity Research Foundation essay competition. He has also received the highest teaching award of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania
The insights of a provocative connection between general relativity and quantum field theory, called the AdS/CFT correspondence, have been extended to rotating black holes that can occur astrophysically.