Dr. Philip Stamp moved to UBC in 2002 from the Spinoza Institute at University of Utrecht, as part of a large initiative in theoretical physics. At the time a new theoretical physics institute was being developed at UBC. The Pacific Institute for Theoretical Physics (PITP) began operations at the beginning of 2003, under the leadership of Dr. Stamp as Director. He is partially supported by the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research (CIAR), and is presently a member of 2 CIAR programs ("Quantum Materials", formerly "superconductivity", since 1995, and "Nanoelectronics" since 2000). His research interests include looking at decoherence and spin dynamics for spins in semiconducting systems, and also in hybrid quantum optical/solid-state spin systems.