John Pardon received his PhD in 2015 from Stanford University under the supervision of Yakov Eliashberg. His most recent work concerns the construction of virtual fundamental cycles on moduli spaces of holomorphic curves in symplectic geometry. He is also interested in geometry and low-dimensional topology. John received his AB in Math from Princeton University in 2011. John has been appointed as a Clay Research Fellow for a term of five years beginning 1 July 2015.