Since Fall ’17, I am a full professor at Texas A&M University’s Computer Science & Engineering Department. Previously, after receiving my PhD in Computer Science from Penn State, I did a postdoc at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), and held research positions at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Bell Labs, AT&T Labs–Research, and Yahoo Labs.
My current research interests include both foundational and applied aspects of cryptography and information security. In more detail, they include:
- Cryptographic protocols and schemes
- Secure multiparty computation
- Blockchain protocols and cryptocurrencies
- Cryptography and game theory
- Distributed computing, consensus problems
I have co-authored over 170 works (including articles, patents, and edited volumes) in the areas of cryptography, network security, distributed computing, and algorithms; noteworthy scientific contributions I am credited with are the first efficient (i.e., polynomial-time) optimal Byzantine agreement algorithm (together with Yoram Moses) [STOC ’93], and the first formal treatment of Bitcoin (together with Aggelos Kiayias and Nikos Leonardos) [Eurocrypt ’15]. I have been involved in the design, analysis and implementation of a variety of secure systems, and I am the recipient of a Thomas A. Edison Patent Award, two Bell Labs Teamwork Awards, an IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, and an IBM Research Division Award. In 2018 I became a Fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR).
I’m originally from Rosario, Argentina.