My current research is mainly driven by three open questions: How do the thermal and quantum fluctuations of broken-symmetry phases alter the properties of metals? What is the fate of an electronic system when all the energy scales, such as bandgap, chemical potential and magnetic field, become comparable? How does a phase transition manifest itself in the truly two-dimensional limit? These questions are motivated by the phenomenology of some “hot” materials systems, such as high Tc superconductors and topological semimetals, yet the pivotal physics questions go beyond the boundaries of material classes. We use material synthesis to create new model systems that help us attack these open questions on multiple fronts, and we also design new experimental techniques to probe and control these materials in novel ways.