Prof. Michael Fogler obtained his M. Sc. degree from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1991 and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1997. He was a postdoctoral member at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton (1997-2000) and a Pappalardo Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2000-2002). Michael joined UCSD faculty in 2002 as an Assistant Professor and is currently a tenured Associate Professor. Michael is an author of 57 publications on a variety of topics in the condensed-matter theory. His most recognized scientific accomplishment is the prediction of a new class of electron states --- stripe and bubble phases --- in two-dimensional systems subject to weak magnetic fields, in a joint work with Koulakov and Shklovskii in 1996. Presently Michael's interests are centered on graphene but he also works on other topics such as disordered systems, exciton condensates, and near-field optics.