Chris Leighton is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and a graduate faculty member in Physics at the University of Minnesota (UMN). Following a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics at the University of Durham in the UK (1994), and a Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics at the same institution (1998), he pursued post-doctoral research at UC San Diego under Prof. Ivan Schuller (1998-2001). He joined the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science faculty at UMN in 2001 as an Assistant Professor, rising to Associate Professor in 2007, and Professor in 2011. His research deals with electronic and magnetic properties of novel materials including complex oxides, oxide heterostructures, metallic spintronics, complex alloys, organic conductors, and earth-abundant photovoltaics. He has authored around 200 publications, which have accumulated over 10,000 citations. He has received honors that include the Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Fellowship in the American Physical Society, and UMN’s Taylor Career Development Award, McKnight Presidential Fellowship, Taylor Distinguished Research Award, Amundson Professorship, Distinguished McKnight University Professorship, and Tate Award for Undergraduate Advising. He recently stood down as Past Chair of the American Physical Society Topical Group on Magnetism and currently serves as Lead Editor of Physical Review Materials.