Dr. Nishanth Chandran is a Researcher at Microsoft Research, India. His research expertise are in problems related to cryptography, cloud security and distributed algorithms. Prior to joining MSRI, Nishanth was a Researcher at AT&T Labs, and before that he was a Post-doctoral Researcher at MSR Redmond. Nishanth is a recipient of the 2010 Chorafas Award for exceptional achievements in research and his research has received coverage in science journals and in the media at venues such as Nature and MIT Technology Review. He has published several papers in, and served on the technical program committee of, top conferences such as Crypto and TCC. Nishanth received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA, M.S. in Computer Science from UCLA, and B.E. in Computer Science and Engineering from Anna University, Chennai.