Stefano Profumo is a Professor of Physics and the Director of Physics Graduate Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Deputy Director for Theory of the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics. Profumo earned his MS from Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, in 2001, and a PhD in Elementary Particles Theory from the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy, in 2004. He joined the faculty at the University of California in 2007 after two postdoctoral positions, one at Florida State University (2004-5) and one at the California Institute for Technology (2005-7). Profumo’s research work spans particle physics theory, cosmology, and high-energy astrophysics. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed articles, most of which on the topic of particle dark matter; his research work has been cited more than 16,000 times, according to Google Scholar. He is the author of the textbook "An Introduction to Particle Dark Matter". Profumo is also an avid runner, biker, and triathlete.