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
  • Algorithms

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 the first efficient (i.e., polynomial-time) optimal Byzantine agreement algorithm (together with Yoram Moses) [STOC ’93], and the first rigorous 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 Argentina.

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