BUSEC People


Ran Canetti

Ran Canetti


Ran graduated from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1995. Prior to joining BU in 2011, he was at IBM Research, MIT, and Tel Aviv University. His research interests lie in cryptography and system security, with emphasis on the design and analysis of cryptographic protocols and algorithms.


Sharon Goldberg
Sharon Goldberg


Sharon Goldberg’s research uses tools from theory (cryptography, game-theory, algorithms), and networking (measurement, modeling, and simulation) to solve practical problems in network security. She joined BU in 2010, after receiving her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2009. In 2014 she received two IETF/IRTF Applied Networking Research Prizes, an NSF CAREER Award, and a Sloan Research Fellowship.


Leonid Reyzin
Leonid Reyzin



Leo Reyzin has worked on providing better alternatives for passwords; on delivering graceful recovery from stolen keys and side channel attacks; and on helping secure the Internet infrastructure. He received his Ph.D. from MIT. He has contributed to the development of cryptography standards, worked as an industry consultant, and received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award and Boston University’s Neu Family Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Adjunct Faculty


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Nikos Triandopoulos



Nikos Triandopoulos is an adjunct faculty at BU and a research scientist at RSA Labs. His research interests include information security and privacy, network and distributed systems security, and applied cryptography, with a focus on trustworthy computing and cloud security. He received his Ph.D. at Brown University in 2007, specializing in protocols for data authentication.



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Foteini Baldimtsi


Foteini Baldimtsi joined BUSec as a postdoctoral researcher in 2014. Her research focuses on efficient cryptographic methods for secure and private electronic transactions with a special interest in electronic payments and private authentication techniques. She holds a PhD and MSc in Computer Science from Brown University where she was advised by Anna Lysyanskaya.


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Alessandra Scafuro is a postdoctoral researcher that joined BUSec in 2015. Her research focuses on designing protocol for secure multi-party computation in various adversarial settings. Previously she held a post-doc position at UCLA hosted by Rafail Ostrovsky. She obtained her PhD at University of Salerno, Italy, supervised by Ivan Visconti.

Graduate Students


Yilei Chen
Yilei Chen


Yilei is a graduate student in BUsec. His research career started at the Integer Factoring Group in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where he received his B.S. in Information Engineering. Besides algorithmic number theory and computational complexity, he’s also interested in various topics in Cryptography and Security.


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Ethan Heilman


Ethan Heilman is a graduate student at BUSec. He has worked on differential cryptanalysis, cache based side channel attacks and novel attacks against hash functions. His current focus is the RPKI and bitcoin. Prior to graduate school he worked as a Engineer at the Broad Institute and several start ups. In his spare time he writes games and web applications.


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Aanchal Malhotra is a graduate student at the computer science department, Boston University. Her research interests include networks security and cryptography. Her current work focuses on investigating the implications of deploying new security infrastructures in interdomain routing. Prior to joining BU, she pursued research in Identity based encryption, and proxy re-encryption schemes at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.


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Omer is a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department at Boston University, working under the guidance of Professor Ran Canetti. His primary research interests are in Cryptography. He is also interested in Theoretical Computer Science.


Dimitris Papadopoulos


Dimitris is a graduate student at Boston University, advised by Nikos Triandopoulos. His research interests include verifiable computation, secure data outsourcing and economic aspects of cloud computing. He received his Diploma in Applied Mathematics from the National Technical University of Athens in 2010 before joining the “dark side” and switching to computer science. As an undergrad his research included graph theory and map labeling techniques.


Oxana Poburinnaya


Oxana Poburinnaya is a PhD student in the Computer Science Department at Boston University. Her research interests are in cryptography.


Davide Prosepio
Davide Prosepio


Davide Prosepio is advised by Sharon Goldberg. His research interests are network security and privacy.  Prior to joining Boston University, Davide was a research assistant at Carlos III University (Madrid, Spain). His research focused on network security, digital identity management and content protection. Davide received his bachelor in telecommunication engineering from the University Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in March 2008 and his masters in engineering from Carlos III University in July 2010.


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Sophia Yakoubov is currently a graduate student at Boston University in computer science, and a researcher at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. She received her Bachelor’s degree in mathematics with computer science from MIT in 2011. She is interested in many areas within cryptography, such as secure multi-party computation and homomorphic encryption.

Past Visitors and Alumni

Adam Smith is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Penn State. His research interests lie in cryptography, privacy and their connections to information theory, quantum computing and statistics. He was on sabbatical at Boston University in 2013-2014 for the special year on privacy.

Sofya Raskhodnikova is an associate professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. In addition to working on privacy-preserving methods for publishing aggregate statistical data, she focuses on the design and analysis of sublinear-time algorithms for combinatorial problems. She was on sabbatical at Boston University in 2013-2014 for the special year on privacy.

Kobbi Nissim is a faculty member at the Department of Computer Science, Ben-Gurion University. His research interests are in foundations of privacy and cryptography, and in particular, formal notions of privacy, differential privacy, privacy-aware mechanism design, private approximations, and secure multiparty computation. He was on sabbatical at Boston University in 2014.

Adam O’Neill‘s research is in cryptography, specifically in provable security and with an emphasis on practical considerations. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010. He spent 2011 through 2013 as a post-doc at Boston University before starting as an assistant professor at Georgetown University.

Huijia (Rachel) Lin graduated from Cornell in 2011. Her research interests are in the field of Cryptography and its connections to Complexity Theory. She spent 2011 through 2013 as a post-doc at BU and MIT; she is now faculty at UC Santa Barbara.

Abhishek Jain‘s research interests are in Cryptography, Security and more broadly in Theoretical Computer Science. He completed his Ph.D. in 2012 at UCLA. From 2012-2014, was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT CSAIL and BU working with Shafi Goldwasser and Ran Canetti. He is now an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Bhavana Kanukurthi conducted her doctoral research in cryptography under Leonid Reyzin, graduating 2010. She is now an assistant professor in the Computer Science and Automation Department at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).

Phillipa Gill was a PhD student at the University of Toronto. Her research interests are in the general area of computer networking and network measurement. Specifically, she aim to use insights gained through measurement to improve the security, reliability and performance of networks. She visited busec in Fall 2010. After graduating in 2012, she has started as an assistant professor at Stonybrook University.

Robert Lychev was a PhD student at Georgia Tech. He is primarily interested in applying game theory and applied cryptography to problems of security and incentives in interdomain routing and accountability. He visited busec from Fall 2011-Winter 2014, before starting as a researcher at MIT Lincoln Labs.

Nir Bitanski was a PhD student at Tel Aviv University who is interested in theoretical computer science at large, and theory of cryptography in particular. He visited busec in 2011-2012.

Margarita Vald is a PhD student in cryptography at Tel Aviv University. She visited busec in 2011-2012.

Angela Zottarel was a PhD student at Aarhus university. Her research field is cryptography and she mainly works on public-key and leakage resilient crypto. She visited busec in 2012-2013.

Ben Fuller completed his PhD at Boston University in 2014. Ben joined Boston University in 2009, and his research centered on side-channel cryptography. In particular, his work focused on measuring computational entropy given adversarial knowledge. His other research interests included elliptic curves, fuzzy cryptography, and resilient systems. He is a security researcher at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, his research focuses on cryptography and key management in disadvantaged networks. Outside of research, Ben is the president of Boston Olympic Weightlifting Club, where he ensures that gravity is still in effect.

Sachin Vasant was a Masters student interested in cryptography and network security from 2012-2014. His advisors were Leo Reyzin and Sharon Goldberg, and his masters thesis focused on DNS security. After graduating in 2014, he started as a security engineer at Cisco.

Jef Guarente was a Masters student interested in cryptography, focusing primarily on privacy-preserving protocols, especially private information retrieval, from 2011-2013. His advisors were Leo Reyzin and Sharon Goldberg.

Danny Cooper was a BU undergraduate student working with Sharon Goldberg and Leo Reyzin on topics related to network security and internet governance from 2012-2014. After graduating in 2014, he started as security researcher at Akamai.

Kyle Brogle was an undergraduate student in the BU Computer Science and Math departments, working with Sharon Goldberg and Leo Reyzin from 2010-2012. His primary interests are cryptography and its application to computer networks and security. Kyle was awarded Honorable Mention, Male Award for the CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher before moving on to a masters degree at Stanford University.