Fangzhou Zhao is an Elings Prize Postdoctoral Fellow working in Prof. Chris Van de Walle's group at UCSB. Fangzhou obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from UC Berkeley with Prof. Steven Louie in 2021, and he obtained his B.S. degree in Physics from Zhiyuan College, Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2015. His graduate work consists of topological electronic and optical properties of graphene nanoribbons and carbon conjugated systems, as well as GW plus Bethe-Salpeter equation formalism to calculated excited state properties of materials. His current research interests include simulating the excited states properties of diamond NV center and other defects beyond single Slater determinants from first-principles, as well as calculating defect-related nonradiative recombination rates in semiconductors from first-principles.