David E. Kaplan received his PhD from the University of Washington in 1999. After postdoctoral positions at the University of Chicago/Argonne National Lab and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, he joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2002. Kaplan's research addresses possible extensions to the standard model of particle physics with emphasis on model building, particle phenomenology, and particle astrophysics. He spends much of his time either building supersymmetric or other models of particle physics, coming up with new ideas to explain dark matter, or developing new techniques for discovering physics beyond the standard model. Kaplan has been named an Outstanding Junior Investigator by the Department of Energy, Kavli Frontiers Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. He has also produced the documentary film, Particle Fever, for which he has won a DuPont Journalism Award, and many other accolades.