Fernando Pastawski was a postdoctoral scholar at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM) in the research group of Professor John Preskill at California Technical Institute. He obtained his Ph.D. summa cum laude from the Ludwig Maximilian University, Germany, in 2012, working with Ignacio Cirac at the Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ). For his doctoral work on quantum memories and applications, he was granted the Otto-Hahn medal by the Max-Planck society.
His research lies at the interface of quantum information and many-body physics. He has made important contributions in the area of quantum memory and quantum error-correcting codes, as well as characterizing the logical quantum gates that can be robustly implemented. He has also helped shed light on the classification of phases. Recently, he has introduced an explicit tensor-network-based family of quantum error-correcting code that embody the information theoretic structure of holography. Through the use of tensor network descriptions, he continues to pursue connections between quantum gravity and quantum information.