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Michael Zwolak is a Project Leader in the Nanofabrication Research Group at the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at NIST. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology. His doctoral research focused on simulating many-body open quantum systems. He subsequently worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was a Feynman Fellow, and then joined the faculty of the Department of Physics, Oregon State University. His research focused on setting the theoretical foundations for rapid DNA sequencing with electronic sensors embedded in nanofluidic devices, exploring the role of decoherence in the quantum-to-classical transition, and examining dynamical effects in nanoscale electronics. He also developed computational algorithms that efficiently simulate entangled quantum systems by exploiting matrix product states. Michael’s research in the CNST focuses on understanding the nonlinear dynamics of biomolecules, investigating thermal and electronic transport processes, and developing techniques to predict non-equilibrium properties of molecular ensembles and materials at the nanoscale.