My research addresses the construction and cryptanalysis of quantum-secure schemes and provably guaranteeing their security in the appropriate security models.

I am affiliated to the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) as a post doctoral researcher at the Department of Combinatorics & Optimization at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. I interned at Microsoft Research, Redmond (US), during the summer 2019. Before, I was a post doctoral researcher in the Cryptography and computer algebra group at TU Darmstadt, Germany, where I received my Ph.D. in September 2018 under the supervision of Johannes Buchmann from TU Darmstadt.

I have been the principal submitter of qTESLA, a quantum-secure digital signature scheme that had been submitted to NIST’s post-quantum standardization effort. It has been accepted as a candidate of the second round as one of nine out of 20 schemes, but did not advance to the third round. For more information please visit qtesla.org.

Funding information:

  • Institute for Quantum Computing, in part funded by the Government of Canada; 08/2019- today
  • Discovery Accelerator Supplement grant RGPIN-2016-05146, funded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC); 08/2019- today
  • Collaboration center NUCC, program 927517, funded by National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and University of Waterloo; 08/2019- today
  • Contract 2L 165-180499/001/sv, “PQC Analysis”, funded by Public Works and Government Services Canada; 08/2019- today
  • Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA; 05/2019-07/2019
  • State Hesse, Landesstelle; 06/2014-02/2019
  • Collaborative research center “Cryptography-based Security Solutions: Enabling trust in new and next generation computing environments” (CROSSING), SFB 1119, funded by German Research Foundation (DFG); 06/2014-02/2019
  • Stipend, FIT–Internationale Forschungsaufenthaltein der Informationstechnologie für Doktoranden (FIT weltweit), 57041638, funded by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); 09/2016-11/2016