Prof. Johnston-Halperin received his B.S. in physics from Case Western Reserve University in 1996, followed in 2003 by his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara in the research group of Prof. David D. Awschalom. His postdoctoral work (2003-2006) was at the California Institute of Technology in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in the research group of Prof. James R. Heath. Since arriving at Ohio State in 2006 his work has been focused on understanding the interplay between nano- and atomic-scale structure and electronic, magnetic and optical degrees of freedom. Ongoing projects include optical probes of spin dynamics in semiconducting nanowires, electrical spin injection in hybrid organic/inorganic heterostructures, strain-induced multiferroicity in perovkites and thermal and magnetic resonance based studies of spin pumping. In addition, he plays a central role in the Center for Emergent Materials (an NSF funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center; MRSEC) as co-leader of one of the two research thrusts within the center, IRG-1: Towards spin-preserving heterogeneous spin networks and currently serves as Director of the Ohio State Center for Electronic and Magnetic Nanoscale Composite Multifunctional Materials (ENCOMM).