I am currently a Ph.D student at MIT CSAIL in the PDOS group, advised by Nickolai Zeldovich and James Mickens, where my research interests lie at the intersection of systems, cryptography, and web applications. Some of my other close collaborators are Vinod Vaikuntanathan, Shafi Goldwasser, and Matei Zaharia. Before MIT, I received my B.S. in computer science from Stanford, advised by Dan Boneh.
I am interested in building practical secure systems that protect user data in large-scale, distributed web application systems. Naturally, much of my research lies at the intersection of systems and cryptography. Web services, such as Google, Facebook, and Dropbox, are now an essential part of people’s lives. These services provide value by collecting and analyzing user data. However, once the user provides her information to the web service, she loses control over how the application uses or accesses that data. For example, a user cannot control where the application forwards her data. Even if the service wanted to allow users to define access controls, it is unclear how these access controls should be expressed and enforced. My research addresses these concerns.
I also enjoy collaborating and interacting with industry executives to identify and address future needs in the security industry. To bridge the gap between academia and industry, I co-founded Cybersecurity Factory with Jean Yang, a summer program for early stage cybersecurity startups. You can also find me hanging out with people from Rough Draft Ventures.