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Alessandro Chiesa

Assistant Professor


Alessandro Chiesa joined the UC Berkeley faculty in the summer of 2015. Prior to that, he spent one year as a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Z├╝rich under Prof. Thomas Holenstein. His research spans the areas of complexity theory, cryptography, and security, and focuses on the theoretical foundations and practical implementations of zero knowledge proofs that are short and easy to verify. He is a co-inventor of the Zerocash protocol, and is an author of libsnark, the leading open-source library for succinct zero knowledge proofs. He is a co-inventor of Zerocash and co-founder of Zcash, both of which rely on libsnark, as well as a co-founder of StarkWare Industries.


  • 2014, Ph.D., Computer Science, MIT
  • 2010, M.Eng., Computer Science, MIT
  • 2009, B.S., Computer Science and Mathematics, MIT

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