Jeff Murugan was born in Tongaat. On completion of a BSc degree, majoring in applied mathematics and physics, he obtained a first class Honours degree in specialising in mathematical physics all at UCT. This was followed by an MSc for a thesis on topological solutions of low dimensional field theories. In 2000, he was awarded a Lindbury Fellowship to pursue a PhD jointly at UCT and Oxford University. After being awarded a PhD for his work on noncommutative geometry in string theory, he began work as a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University. He returned to a faculty position as a lecturer at UCT in 2006. Prof. Murugan is currently a deputy head of the Department of Mathematics & Applied Mathematics at UCT. He also heads the Laboratory for Quantum Gravity & Strings. Among his accolades, he is the recipient of the bronze medal of the South African Mathematical Society, a founding member of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), current president of the South African Gravity Society and a member of the International Advisory Committee of Strings 2014 and 2015.