My pictureI am an Assistant Research Professor (tenure-track) at the IMDEA Software Institute in Madrid, Spain. Before joining IMDEA Software, I held postdoctoral positions at Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (Germany), New York University (USA), and École Normale Supérieure (France).

In March 2010, I received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Catania (Italy) under the supervision of Dario Catalano. During my PhD I was also a visiting student at New York University with Yevgeniy Dodis, and IBM Research T.J. Watson with Rosario Gennaro. See my CV for more details.


My research interests are in Cryptography and Security. In particular, my work focuses on the design of efficient and provably-secure cryptographic primitives and protocols. Some of the topics I work on include secure delegation of data and computation to the Cloud, homomorphic authenticators, zero-knowledge proof systems, and foundations of cryptography. See here for the full list of my publications.

I am looking for talented, highly motivated students, either graduate or undergraduate, who are interested in the area of Cryptography. If you are interested in working with me, please do not hesitate to contact me via email. * Currently open positions *


Students and Postdocs:

  • Antonio Faonio (Postdoc, 2017 – present)
  • Luca Nizzardo (PhD student, 2014 – present)
  • Anca Nitulescu (PhD student, co-supervised with M. Abdalla and D. Pointcheval @ ENS Paris, October 2015 – present)
  • Elena Pagnin (PhD student, external co-supervisor, with K. Mitrokotsa @ Chalmers University of Technology)
  • Past: Anca Nitulescu (Research intern, March–September 2015), Rosario Russo (Master thesis, March–July 2015), Martin Zuber (Research intern, July 2016 – January 2017), Chiara Redaelli (Master thesis, October 2016–February 2017), Anais Querol Cruz (Research intern, September 2016 – July 2017).



  • “Juan de la Cierva-Incorporacion” research grant (2016-2017)
  • H2020 project “NEXTLEAP” (2016-2018)
  • COST Action IC1306 “Cryptography for Secure Digital Interaction”, Vice-chair and MC member
  • RETOS project “DataMantium” (2016-2018)
  • Past: EIT Digital Activity “HC@WORKS-16” (2016).

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