Vincenzo Vitelli has been a Professor in the Physics Department and the James Franck Institute at the University of Chicago since 2017. Previously he was a Professor in the Institute Lorentz for theoretical physics in Leiden University where he held the Chair of Condensed Matter Theory since 2015. Vitelli obtained a B.S. in theoretical physics from Imperial College London in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University in 2006 working under the supervision of David Nelson. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Upenn from 2006 till 2009. He was awarded the H. Callan Prize in 2007, he received a Feinberg Foundation Fellowship(Weizmann Institute) in 2009 and was an invited Professor at ESPCI(Juliot Curie Chair) and Ecole Normale, Paris in 2013 and 2015 respectively. In 2018 he became a fellow of the American Physical Society(GSOFT) for theoretical contributions to topological mechanics.