Faculty Profile

Dakshita Khurana

Computer Science
Dakshita Khurana
Dakshita Khurana
Assistant Professor (Starting Fall 2019)

Primary Research Area

  • Theory and Algorithms


Dakshita Khurana is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research New England, and she will join Illinois Computer Science as an Assistant Professor in August 2019. She works in Cryptography and related topics in Privacy, Security and Theoretical Computer Science. She recently graduated from UCLA, under the fantastic supervision of Prof. Amit Sahai and Prof. Rafail Ostrovsky.

She received the 2017-18 Dissertation Year Fellowship, the 2017-18 UCLA CS Outstanding Graduating Ph. D. Student Award, 2017-18 Symantec Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award, and the 2016-17 Cisco Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award. She spent the the summers of 2016 and 2017 as a research intern with Yael Tauman Kalai at Microsoft Research New England, and the summer of 2014 as a research intern with Vipul Goyal at Microsoft Research India.

Prior to this, she obtained a Bachelor's in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 2012. She received a Master's Degree in Computer Science from UCLA in 2014.

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Research Statement

I am interested in developing new techniques for better secure protocols. The primary focus of my research is on techniques that enable non-malleability, which prevents man-in-the-middle attacks, and zero-knowledge, which enables proving statements without revealing secrets about them. I am also interested in designing better protocols for delegation or verifiable outsourcing of computation, using untrusted or leaky hardware to build better protocols for secure computation, and program obfuscation.

Graduate Research Opportunities

I am looking for motivated students. Please apply and email me if you are interested in working with me.

Research Interests

  • Cryptography, Theoretical Computer Science, Privacy and Security.