Eliot Quataert is a Professor of Astronomy and Physics at UC Berkeley and holds the Thomas and Alison Schneider Chair in Physics. He is also the Director of the Theoretical Astrophysics Center. Quataert is an astrophysical theorist who works on a wide range of problems, from the astrophysics of stars and black holes to how galaxies form. He has received a number of national awards for his research and is also a highly regarded teacher and public lecturer. In 2012, Quataert was among 21 mathematicians, theoretical physicists and theoretical computer scientists across the country chosen as a Simons Investigator.