Ezra Getzler received his PhD from Harvard University in 1986. He was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows and then a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty of Northwestern in 1997.
Getzler works in mathematical physics, with a focus on the relations between quantum field theory, topology and geometry.
Getzler was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 1991. He has held a number of distinguished visiting appointments, including visiting professorships at the Research Institute of Mathematical Sciences at Kyoto University and the University of Geneva, the Leverhume Visiting Professorship at Imperial College, the Microsoft Visiting Research Fellowship at the Newton Institute at the University of Cambridge, and membership of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2013, Getzler was named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He received a Simons Fellowship in 2017.