Boris Altshuler is a professor of physics at Columbia University specializing in theoretical condensed matter physics. Altshuler received his diploma in physics from Leningrad State University in 1976 and his Ph.D. from the Leningrad Institute for Nuclear Physics in 1979. Altshuler worked at the Institute from 1979-1989, when he joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He moved to Princeton in 1996 and joined Columbia in 2006. He is also affiliated with the NEC research Laboratory. He has been awarded the Hewlett-Packard Europhysics Prize (now called the Agilent Physics Prize) and the Oliver E Buckley Prize. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. His research interests focus on physics of electrons in metals, semiconductors, superconductors and quantum nanodevices.