Jhonathan Romero Fontalvo

Jhonathan Romero Fontalvo, Ph.D.

Director of Professional Services & Co-Founder

Jhonathan Romero was born and raised in Colombia, where he earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Chemistry. Jhonathan specialized in theoretical and computational Chemistry, which led him to join the Aspuru-Guzik group at Harvard University. Here his research in Chemical Physics was centered on developing variational quantum algorithms for quantum simulation and machine learning. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2019. As Director of Professional Services, Jhonathan leads Zapata AI’s customer solution efforts, focusing on developing generative AI applications for enterprise use cases and exploring opportunities for quantum enhancements. He also participates in many science outreach initiatives, including Science Clubs Colombia.




Question & Answer

What are a few of your favorite things?

I love cooking and food, listening to music (a fairly diverse set of genres), dancing (especially Latin rhythms), traveling, and all the previous ones in the company of friends and loved ones.

What is a problem you dream of solving (with quantum)?

I would like to achieve quantum advantage: finding a practical problem for which a quantum computer offers a faster, cheaper or more accurate solution. If the first example turns out to be in electronic structure, I would be twice as happy.