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Current CDT researchers

Current CDT researchers

  • Ethan Davies
    Ethan recently completed his BA and MMath in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, focusing on Quantum Computation and Information. He then went on to teach Maths at Harrow School for a year, sharing his enthusiasm for education and Maths. He is particularly interested in cryptography, and the ways it can be affected by quantum computation
  • Charlotte Hargreaves
    Charlotte completed a Bsc in Psychology and her Msc in Behavioural Science at Durham University, where she developed her understanding of human behaviour and how easily decision-making processes are manipulated. Charlotte's interests centre around the human element of Cybersecurity, and specifically preventing the exploitative, socially engineered attacks which thrive off vulnerabilities in human decision-making. 
  • Rebecca Hartley
    Rebecca has a BA (Hons) in History and Politics from the University of Oxford. After leaving university she worked as a Project Manager in information technology. She is interested in social and political security issues, particularly feminist security studies
  • Alex Hodder-Williams
    Alex studied for an undergraduate masters in Computer Science at the University of York before joining the CDT. His interests are in systems security, potentially focusing on cloud based systems or smart devices   elations, utilising systems modelling and interdisciplinary insights.
  • Cherry Jackson
    Prior to commencing with the CDT, Cherry read Archaeology and Anthropology at The University of Oxford for her undergraduate degree, before continuing my studies at UCL with a Master's in Material and Visual Culture.
  • Oleksandra Lapiha 
    Before joining the CDT Oleksandra obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv and a Bachelor’s+Master’s degree in Computer Science from Ecole Normale Superieure of Paris. Her research interests include lattice-based cryptography, cryptanalysis, protocol design, quantum algorithms and quantum cryptography.
  • Jessica McClearn
    Prior to joining the CDT Jessica studied at Queen's University Belfast gaining an undergraduate degree in History and Social Anthropology with First Class Honours. Her research interests considered the correlation between care, relatedness and space within vulnerable communities. Jessica gained a master's degree in International Tourism Management with Distinction at Ulster University. She conducted ethnographic studies in both Colombia and Northern Ireland in researching how street art is used in post-conflict societies for social and economic development. Jessica's continued interests in security led her to apply for the CDT program where she will conduct ethnographic research into how groups 'on the edge' navigate an increasingly digitalized society and the following development of information security practices
  • Taylor Robinson
    Taylor received her BA in 2020 from Queens University of Charlotte, triple majoring in arts leadership and administration, new media design, and art history. She graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA and university honours. Throughout her studies, she received several prestigious research fellowships and awards, including the 2017 Noble Fellowship for research excellence, the 2019 International Digiprize award for her creation of innovative educational platforms, and the Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship for scholarly achievement. In 2020, she was also the recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, recognising a single student who represents the highest ideals of both the university and society and is committed to a high standard of personal integrity and a selfless dedication to service. After her undergraduate degree, Taylor received a distinction for an MLitt in International Business at the University of St. Andrews, where she was introduced to the field of surveillance and information security. Taylor is thrilled to be a part of the CDT at Royal Holloway University of London to continue developing her multidisciplinary skillset. Her research uses ethnographic methods to examine how marginalised communities in the UK, Thailand, and Uganda perceive information security. 
  • James Barr
    James completed a BA in Politics and an MSc in Defence, Development and Diplomacy at Durham University; with a focus on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems and their impacts upon modern warfare. His current research interests centre around the relationship between conflict and information technologies. Specific areas of study include how mainstream media depicts and narrates issues of cyber conflict; and, in Mexico, how tools of communication and interconnectivity interact with and shape environments which are presently violent and relatively unstable.
  • Stephanie Itimi 
    Stephanie has a BA in Economics from Coventry University and an MSc in Global Economic Governance and Policy from SOAS, University of London. She has played a significant role in the development and manufacturing of high-profile initiatives in Slovakia, Morocco, the United Kingdom and several West and East African nations through her diverse policy and consultative experience with the UK Home Office, BBC Africa, Essex County Council, UN Women and the European Commission, promoting freedom of information, digital literacy and gender equality. Her research interests are focused on the human factors of cybersecurity within emerging economies. 
  • Dan Jones
    Dan studied computer science at the University of Cambridge. After finishing in 2015, he spent several years working as a software developer. He recently completed a masters in the Mathematics of Cybersecurity at Bristol University. Dan is excited to join the CDT, and pursue research in cryptography with an eye for practice.
  • Sofia Liemann Escobar
    Sofia’s interests rest at the intersection of strategy, geopolitics, and cyber security. Her PhD project intends to shed light on how cyber security is understood and practiced in Colombia. The project aims to understand how cyber threats are conceptualised and constructed in the context of a country that is emerging from a decades-long conflict. Prior to this, Sofia completed a Master’s degree in International Security at Sciences Po in Paris, and an undergraduate degree in War Studies at King’s College London.
  • Kyra Mozley
    Kyra joined the CDT after graduating from the University of Cambridge with a First Class in Computer Science. Her research focuses on the intersection of machine learning, computer vision, and security. Specifically, applying techniques from AI research to improve the security of systems, as well as how an adversarial could then attack these technologies to evade detection or extract sensitive data. Most recently she has been working on methods to detect deepfake videos in a robust way. 
  • Elle Pearson 
    Elle completed a BA (Hons) in Criminology, Psychology & Social Justice through the University of Sussex before completing an MA in War & Society at Swansea University.  Elle is an interdisciplinary researcher focusing on the human/social aspects of predictive policing and the data flows that sustain its operations.
  • Giuseppe Raffa
    Giuseppe holds a MSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, and the MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway. Prior to joining the CDT, he spent more than fifteen years in the automotive industry developing Hardware-In-the-Loop systems for engine control units. He is mostly interested in cloud security, serverless computing and static program analysis.
  • Emma Smith
    Emma’s research combines cryptography and combinatorics, using properties of combinatorial structures to provide security guarantees to solve cryptographic problems. She is also interested in the wider picture of cyber security in society and public policy. Prior to joining the CDT  she completed her undergraduate degree in Mathematics at King's College London before completing Part III Maths at the University of Cambridge where she focused on combinatorics and number theory.
  • Neil Ashdown
    Neil worked for defence and security company Jane's for over a decade, latterly as the deputy editor of the monthly magazine, Jane's Intelligence Review. His PhD project looks at the relationship between cybersecurity and intelligence in UK government strategy and in the work of the private sector
  • Nicola Bates
    Nicola joined the CDT after completing the Information Security MSc at Royal Holloway in 2019. Prior to this, she spent 11 years working within the transaction services team at PwC London in financial due diligence, gaining an ACA accounting qualification. She was part of the inaugural intake of the Teach First programme, teaching physics within a London secondary school, obtaining qualified teacher status. Nicola also has a degree in natural sciences (physics) from Cambridge University. Nicola's PhD looks at ways to reduce and prevent adverse action in cyberspace which may be below certain thresholds but cumulatively can have strategic effect. Methodology involves use of decision science and management science techniques to model and understand the potential impact of networked effects within a UK setting in a below threshold environment to understand risk at scale.
  • Calum Bax
    Calum studied Computer Science with Information Security MSci at Royal Holloway, University of London, in particular focusing on malware detection. He is mostly interested in novel methods of human detection, malware evasion mitigation, and applications of machine learning with respect to cyber security.
  • Oliver Bock-Brown
    Oliver is working on future autonomous mobilities, explored through lenses of (in)security and narrative. His research uses novel participatory futures practices to explore risks and opportunities associated with future mobilities, with a goal of informing strategy and shaping more equitable futures. His goal is to produce a set of principles and possibilities for working towards more successful futures in light of increasing global uncertainty and change. Prior to this, he completed an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, and worked as an automotive journalist
  • Natasha Hales
    Tash completed an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. After leaving university she worked as an enterprise Java developer for a number of years before training as a teacher specialising in computing, software development and cyber security. Tash leads the Norwich chapter of the Ladies Hacking Society teaching technical skills to women wanting to enter the industry. Tash is interested in gamification as a learning tool, human factors and the intersection of computer science and the social sciences in the everyday application of cyber security.
  • Jenna Morshead 
    Jenna’s research centres around the intersection of accessibility, HCI, and disability studies, applied within a security context. Her current work focusses on perceptions and assumptions surrounding disability and security, and the potential impact of these. Prior to joining the CDT she completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • Tabitha Ogilvie 
    Tabitha studied maths at the University of Oxford for both bachelors and masters, focusing on number theory, combinatorics and foundations of mathematics. She is interested in cryptography and the creation of security protocols, but also keen to look into how individuals interact with cyber security. 
  • Natasha Rhoden 
    Prior to starting at the CDT, Natasha completed an MSc in Forensic Psychology at Royal Holloway and studied BSc Psychology at Sussex University and UC Berkeley. Natasha has also spent several years working with neurodivergent young people in education and adult prisoners preparing for the end of their custodial sentences. Natasha’s current research is focussed on cybersecurity design and deployment, and the impact of this process on the English and Welsh prison service.
  • Wrenna Robson 
    Wrenna has had an eclectic education and career history before joining the CDT, from teaching in schools to microprocessor architecture documentation. Her background is originally in mathematics, with a BA from the University of Cambridge and a research MSc from the University of Bristol focusing on the properties of the torsion points of elliptic curves. She is currently interested in the way states or state-like entities interact with and strategize about cyber security, and sees this as intimately tied up with the development of and the debates around encryption technologies and digital freedoms.
  • Nathan Rutherford 
    Nathan joined the Royal Holloway after completing an MSci (Hons) in Computer Science at Lancaster University. During his time at Lancaster he worked as a Research Associate on a number of projects ranging from language processing to augmenting network monitoring using Software Defined Networking (SDN). Nathan's research interests include but are not limited to; cybercrime, malware, and usable security.
  • Dray Agha 
    Dray completed an Undergraduate and Master's in first Geography and then Geopolitics and Security at Royal Holloway. Current interests include smart cities, power and governance, and how to action peaceful, cooperative futures through technology.
  • Alpesh Bhudia
    Before joining the CDT programme, Alpesh completed his MSc in Cyber Security Engineering with the University of Warwick, gaining a distinction. His interests are in AI, Machine Learning, Malware, IDS, and Cryptography.
  • Robert Choudhury 
    Robert started his career as a Software engineer working on a system to manage telecoms networks. He then worked in IT for over ten years, providing planning and implementation of systems both in the field and from an office. Robert has experience working with clients from the public and private sector, including SMEs, investment banks, schools, and local government organizations such as councils. Over time, his work became more security-focused with projects that involved the design and configuration of cloud infrastructure, anti-spam solutions, VPNs, firewalls, and ensuring that companies with card payment systems were compliant with PCI DSS. Rob completed the MSc in Information Security (Distinction) at Royal Holloway prior to joining the CDT. His current research interests include Android security, enhancing the security available to small businesses, network security, malware sandboxes, machine learning and reverse Turing tests.
  • Erin Hales
    Erin studied maths at the University of Manchester and did an MSc in Maths and Foundations of Computer Science at the University of Oxford before joining the CDT. She is interested in (lattice-based) post-quantum cryptography, with a particular interest in Homomorphic Encryption. Recently she has also been working on security reductions for Learning with Errors and related lattice problems.
  • Panicos Karkallis
    Panicos graduated with Bsc Computer Science from the University of Southampton in 2013. During his dissertation, he worked on mapping frontal facial expressions to emotions. Panicos has previously worked as a Senior Research and Development Engineer for Sony Advanced Technology Team and his research interests include Applied Cryptography, Networks & Network Security, Reverse Engineering & Virtualisation.
  • Jodie Knapp
    Jodie completed a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics at King's College London in 2017. The focus of her research has been in cryptography, covering topics of secret sharing schemes in the game theory setting and homomorphic time-lock puzzles. More recently, Jodie has focused on updatable encryption schemes.  
  • Lenka Marekova 
    Prior to joining the CDT, Lenka completed a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science & Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh. Lenka's research focuses on the security analysis of cryptographic messaging protocols, both from a theoretical viewpoint of provable security as well as from the applied viewpoint of studying real implementations and finding practical attacks. Recent projects include a study of Bridgefy, a mesh messaging app, and a detailed analysis of Telegram.

  • Liam Medley
    Liam completed an integrated masters degree in Mathematics at the University of York before joining the CDT.  His research focuses on the use of time-delay in cryptography, with recent work including the construction of a timed-release encryption scheme

  • Colin Putman
    Colin graduated from the Open University in 2016 with a joint-honours bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Colin then went on to complete a master’s degree in Information Security at Royal Holloway, graduating in 2018, before joining the CDT program. Colin’s research interests are cryptography, protocol design and the security of online gaming.
  • Simon-Phillip Merz Simon's research revolves around post-quantum cryptography and cryptanalysis with a special focus on isogeny-based cryptography. More generally, he is interested in computational number theory and various applications of pure mathematics to cryptography

  • Joe Rowell
    Joe studied Computer Science at Royal Holloway before joining the CDT in 2018. His research interests primarily cover algorithms for the shortest vector problem and their implementations, with a particular emphasis on efficiency. However, Joe would categorise himself as an aspiring “latticestician”, and thus is interested in all aspects of lattice-based cryptography
  • Marcel Armour
    Marcel completed an undergraduate degree in mathematics and worked as a mathematics teacher for a number of years. He joined the CDT after completing a part-time masters in Mathematics at Birkbeck (University of London). He is interested in cryptography   
  • Simon Butler
    Simon completed the MSc Information Security in 2017 before joining the Centre for Doctoral Training at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has wide experience of working in security, both for government agencies and also in the corporate world as a security consultant.
    His research explores the security concerns about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, including their use for criminal activity. Using securitisation theory, Simon examines where cryptocurrencies might fit into our future vision of money and in what way they challenge centuries of debate about this key pillar of society.   
  • Georgia Crossland
    Georgia's doctoral thesis is titled 'Using Psychological Theories and Usable Security to Understand Cyber-Security Perceptions and Behaviours Within an Organisation; a Case Study of a Law Firm'. This research involved a qualitative study of human factors within an organisational context. Georgia plans to start a job as a User Experience Researcher at Meta in July 2022, as well as working on some external cyber security consultancy projects prior to this.
  • Amy Ertan
    Amy's research focused on the security of implications of artificial intelligence in military contexts. Interviewing policy and defence experts in the UK, US and at NATO, her research found the military innovation landscape is rapidly evolving to account for emerging technologies. Amy submitted her doctoral thesis in early May 2022 and is currently a Cyber Security Researcher with the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia.  
  • Jordy Gennissen
    Jordy received a BSc in Mathematics and a BSC in Computer Science (Cum Laude) at Radbound University in the Netherlands. He was a visitor at the ISG in 2016, working in the S2Lab before joining the CDT.
  • Jason Gray
    Jason's background is Mathematics, having studied a 4 year undergraduate masters in the topic. Jason's research though has taken a more computer science influence and is primarily researching Malware Attribution from a binary perspective. He is very much interested in malware, machine learning (incl. adversarial learning), attack vectors, threat actor (incl Persistent Threat Groups) detection and deception and threat intelligence.
  • Angela Heeler
    Angela read Mathematics and Computer Science ar undergraduate level and returned many years later to Royal Holloway to complete her MSc in Information Security with Year in Industry in 2017. During the intervening years, Angela worked in the Oil and gas sector in IT and then lived abroad working with small businesses.
    Having spent her placement with the London Digital Security Centre, her project concerned securing small businesses in London. Her research interests lie with the practical implementations of security in business such that businesses and the people within them thrive and are not hindered by security. 
  • Jeroen Pijnenburg
    Jeroen completed his bachelor's degree in Mathematics cum laude at Radboud University Nijmegen and his bachelor's degree in Econometrics & Operations Research cum laude at Tilburg University. He continued his studies in Industrial & Applied Mathematics and completed his master's degree cum laude at Eindhoven University of Technology while writing his master's thesis on lattice-based cryptography at the University of Auckland. His research at Royal Holloway has focused on secure messaging, cryptographic protocols, key establishment and security definitions
  • Laura Shipp
    Laura's background is in geography and geopolitics, and after completing her Geography BA in 2016, Laura went on to complete an MSc in Geopolitics and Security. Laura's research interests are particularly focused on feminist geopolitics and feminist and critical security studies.
  • Luke Stewart
    Luke obtained a first class degree in mathematics and philosophy from Lancaster University in 2016.  Subsequently, he completed an MSc in the mathematics of cryptography and communications at Royal Holloway, before joining the CDT.  His research interests involve the applications of mathematics to security, particularly discrete mathematics.  His thesis focusses on distinct difference configurations and their applications to key predistribution in wireless sensor networks.  This involves applying concepts from group theory and combinatorics to the security domain.  He intends to submit his thesis this summer, before pursuing a career which builds on his security and technical skills
  • Marcos Tileria Palacios
    Marcos completed a Computer Engineering degree at the National University of Asuncion in 2013 (Paraguay). Then, he worked for several years in the industry as a software developer and network field engineer. He also worked in the Academia as a computer programming teacher and research assistant before came to the UK. Marcos graduated with distinction from the MSc in Distributed and Networked Systems at Royal Holloway in 2017. Marcos’s interest lies in the scalable Blockchain and machine learning in Cyber Security analysis.
  • Robert Markiewicz 
    Robert graduated Royal Holloway in 2016 with a First Class Honours Degree in Computer Science and Information Security. His undergraduate thesis "Clustering Windows 7 Drive-By Download Attacks" aimed to utilise unsupervised machine learning algorithms to detect malicious behaviours and malware families on a system. Robert's current research interests lie in malware and intrusion detection, software security and applications of machine learning to security.        
  • Taryn-Leigh Padmore
    Taryn graduated with a 1st class BA Hons degree in Criminology followed by an MA in Criminology with Cybercrime at Kingston University. Taryn’s research interest is in the application of data security, privacy and trust in mobile medical apps/devices (mHealth) 

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