Joel Moore, PhD

1995 Hertz Fellow
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Joel Moore is a senior faculty scientist in the Materials Sciences Division, professor of physics at UC Berkeley, and the director of the Center for Novel Pathways to Quantum Coherence in Materials.

His theoretical work studies the properties of quantum materials, in which interactions between electrons yield new states of matter. He also investigates how quantum physics can lead to new devices for spin-based electronics and quantum sensing.

Before joining Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley in 2002, Moore was a postdoc in the theoretical physics research group at Bell Labs. Moore received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Princeton University in 1995 and spent a Fulbright year abroad before graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a Hertz fellowship.

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a Simons Investigator, and Chern-Simons Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley.

Graduate Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Phase Transitions and Symmetry Breaking in Disordered Quantum Hall Edge States

Undergraduate Studies

Princeton University


1995, Fulbright Scholar, Fulbright U.S. Student Program; 2013, Fellow, American Physical Society
2023, Member, National Academy of Sciences

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May 12, 2023
In recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievement in original research, Hertz Fellow Joel Moore has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.