I am an assistant professor at UC Berkeley. I am interested in security, systems, and applied cryptography. I co-founded the RISELab, whose aim is to build systems that are secure and intelligent. I am also a co-founder and the CTO of PreVeil, a security startup based on my research. Before joining UC Berkeley, I did a one-year postdoc at ETH Zürich in the System Security group led by Prof. Srdjan Capkun. Before that, I completed my Ph.D. in computer science at MIT, my thesis being about building practical systems that compute on encrypted data. My advisor was Professor Nickolai Zeldovich, and I was also fortunate to work closely with: Professor Hari Balakrishnan (in systems), Professor Shafi Goldwasser, Professor Yael Kalai, and Professor Vinod Vaikuntanathan (in cryptography). I earned my Masters of Engineering in Computer Science in 2010 and my two Bachelors in Computer Science and Mathematics in 2009 from MIT.
Research Expertise and Interest
computer security, applied cryptography
April 23, 2021
Raluca Ada Popa, assistant professor of computer science, designs computer systems to protect confidentiality by computing over encrypted data, while at the same time allowing joint access to the results of data analysis. With the support of the Bakar Fellows program her lab plans to build and test a new encryption system.
September 5, 2019
Seven University of California, Berkeley, faculty scientists with novel ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit have been named to the 2019-20 cohort of Bakar Fellows, an honor that gives the fellows the money and time to translate their laboratory breakthroughs into technologies ready for the marketplace.