Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Connecticut
Email: ghada at uconn.edu
I am an assistant professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at UConn. I am also an affiliated member at the Connecticut Advanced Computing Center (CACC) and the Engineering for Human Rights Initiative. Before joining UConn, I spent a while exploring the entrepreneurship world. I cofounded CacheCash, a startup that came out of my PhD thesis! and I was a Cryptographer at NuCypher. Now, I am a scientific advisor at Sunscreen Tech and The Melon, and a 2023 fellow at the Foresight Institute.
I received my PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University in 2019, where I was a member of the Cryptography Lab and the Data Science Institute. During the PhD, I was fortunate to have Allison Bishop and Tal Malkin as my advisors.
My research interests cover cryptography, computer systems security, and privacy, with a focus on blockchain-based systems and distributed cryptographic protocols. My research is supported by NSF, Protocol Labs, Uniswap Foundation, and UConn Research Excellence Award.
Recruiting: I am looking for self-motivated and talented PhD and MSc students to join my group for Spring and Fall 2024. If you are interested in working on timely and real-world problems in the fields of cryptography, privacy, and systems security, feel free to contact me!