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Raymond Laflamme (PhD Cambridge, 1988) is a founding Faculty member of Perimeter Institute
and founding Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing, where he is jointly appointed. He
held research positions at UBC and Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge before moving to
Los Alamos Research Laboratory in 1992, where his interests shifted from cosmology to quantum
computing. Since the mid-1990s, Laflamme has elucidated theoretical approaches to quantum
error correction. Laflamme is the Director of QuantumWorks, Canada’s national research consortium
on quantum information science, and has been Director of the Quantum Information Processing
program at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) since 2003, and a CIFAR Fellow
since 2001. He also holds the Canada Research Chair in Quantum Information.
Sung-Sik Lee (PhD Pohang University of Science and Technology, 2000) is jointly appointed with
McMaster University. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at POSTECH, MIT, and the Kavli
Institute for Theoretical Physics (Santa Barbara) before joining McMaster as an Assistant Professor
in 2007. Lee’s research focuses on strongly interacting quantum many-body systems using quantum
field theory, as well as the intersections between condensed matter and high energy physics. His
recent work has included, among other things, using gauge theory as a lens through which to
examine the phenomenon of fractionalization, efforts to apply the AdS/CFT correspondence from
string theory to quantum chromodynamics and condensed matter, and building a non-perturbative
approach to understanding unconventional metallic states of matter.
Luis Lehner (PhD University of Pittsburgh, 1998) began a joint appointment with Perimeter and the
University of Guelph in 2009. He held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Texas at Austin
and the University of British Columbia, and was a member of Louisiana State University’s faculty
from 2002 to 2009. Lehner’s many honours include the Honor Prize from the National University of
Cordoba, Argentina, a Mellon pre-doctoral fellowship, the CGS/UMI outstanding dissertation award,
and the Nicholas Metropolis award. He has been a PIMS fellow, a CITA National Fellow, and a Sloan
Research Fellow, and he is currently a fellow of CIFAR, the Institute of Physics, and the APS. He is
also an editorial board member of Classical and Quantum Gravity and Papers in Physics.
Michele Mosca (DPhil University of Oxford, 1999) is jointly appointed with the University of Waterloo.
He is a founding member of Perimeter Institute, and co-founder and Deputy Director of the Institute
for Quantum Computing. Mosca has made major contributions to the theory and practice of quantum
information processing, particularly in the areas of quantum algorithms, techniques for studying the
limitations of quantum computers, quantum self-testing and private quantum channels. Mosca’s
numerous academic honours include Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 (2010), the Commonwealth
Scholarship, the Premier’s Research Excellence Award, and a Canada Research Chair in Quantum
Computation. He was named a Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Fellow in 2010.
Ashwin Nayak (PhD University of California, Berkeley, 1999) is also appointed at the University of
Waterloo and the Institute for Quantum Computing. He has held positions at DIMACS Center (Rutgers
University), AT&T Labs-Research (California Institute of Technology), and the Mathematical Sciences
Research Institute, Berkeley. Nayak was a recipient of an Early Researcher Award from Ontario’s
Ministry of Research and Innovation in 2006 and a Discovery Accelerator Supplement from the Natural
Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada in 2008.
Maxim Pospelov (PhD Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Russia, 1994) is jointly appointed
with the University of Victoria and became an Associate Faculty member at Perimeter in 2004. He
previously held research positions at the University of Quebec at Montreal, University of Minnesota,
McGill University, and University of Sussex, UK. Pospelov works in the area of particle physics and
has recently made detailed studies of Catalyzed Big Bang Nucleosynthesis (CBBN), a novel idea
which he proposed to alleviate persistent discrepancy of theoretical predictions and experimental
observations of lithium abundance in the universe.