The Cryptography Group in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering carries out research on a wide range of topics in the foundations and applications of cryptography. These include public-key and symmetric cryptography, obfuscation, attribute-based and functional encryption, secure multi-party computation, zero-knowledge proofs, anonymous credentials, post-quantum and quantum cryptography, information-theoretic cryptography, and more.

We meet weekly for a reading group/seminar. Also subscribe to seattle-crypto for annoucements of cryptography-related events in the Seattle area.

Check out our cryptography classes.

Our research has been supported by NSF, DARPA, the Simons Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, CISCO, JP Morgan, and Microsoft.

Related groups: [UW Theory] [UW Security & Privacy] [MSR Cryptography, Security, and Privacy] [UW Blockchain Lab]


Graduate Students


Former Members

John Retterer Moore
MS 2015

Wei Dai
MS 2016 → UCSD (PhD) → Bain Capital Crypto (Research Partner)

Binyi Chen
PhD 2019 → Google → Espresso Systems (Chief Cryptographer)

Michael Agun
PhD 2019 → Western Digital

Pratik Soni
PhD 2020 → CMU (postdoc) → University of Utah (Assistant Professor)

Xihu Zhang
MS 2022 → Oracle

Ashrujit Ghoshal
PhD 2022 → CMU (postdoc)

Viet Tung Hoang
Postdoc 2015-16 → Florida State University (Assistant Associate Professor)

Christian Matt
Postdoc 2017-18 → Concordium (Senior Researcher)

Aishwarya Thiruvengadam
Postdoc 2017-18 → TU Darmstadt (Postdoc) → IIT Madras (Assistant Professor)

Marshall Ball
Postdoc 2020-21 (CI Fellow) → New York University (Assistant Professor)

Joseph Jaeger
Postdoc 2019-21 → Georgia Institute of Technology (Assistant Professor)

Tianren Liu
Postdoc 2019-21 → Peking University (Assistant Professor)