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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.
  • Harry Ward
    Harry graduated from the University of Durham in 2020 with a First Class degree in Mathematics, where his dissertation title was ‘Periodic and Meromorphic Functions in the Complex Plane’. He subsequently began studying for an MSc in Pure Mathematics at Imperial College, where his thesis subject is Post-Quantum Cryptography and Euclidean Cyclotomic Field Extensions. Whilst he has mainly studied Pure Mathematics, he is also familiar with many areas of Applied Mathematics including Theoretical Physics and Theoretical Computer Science. His research interests are in Cryptography, Quantum Information and Number Theory, however he is also aiming to develop knowledge in the wider field of Information Security and its impact on society in general.
  • 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. After leaving university, James worked in education, supporting children with Special Educational Needs. His research interests centre around how cyber impacts International Relations, utilising systems modelling and interdisciplinary insights.
  • 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 graduated from King’s College London in 2018 with First Class Honours in War Studies. She then obtained a Master’s in International Security at Sciences Po in Paris. She is currently interested in the intersection of strategy, geopolitics, and cyber security.
  • Kyra Mozley
    Kyra joined the CDT after completing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. Her interests focus on applying machine learning and big data methods to cyber security problems, as well as finding vulnerabilities in IoT and mobile sensor systems. 
  • Elle Pearson 
    Elle achieved a First Class BA(Hons) in Criminology, Psychology and Social Justice from the University of Sussex (University Centre Croydon). Recipient of the 2018 University of Sussex Vice-Chancellor’s prize for Exceptional Performance and the 2018 UCC Principal Award for Outstanding Scholarship. She then moved on to attain a MA with Distinction in War and Society at Swansea University. Work included exploring the adoption of militarised processes and military inspired digital technology within Policing and the Criminal Justice System. Research interests focus on the intersection of social harm, risk, profiling, power and knowledge in relation to digital technologies. Particularly, how algorithms, Big Data and surveillance interlink with domestic policing and the Criminal Justice System and their wider social consequences. Elle's interests are grounded in critical criminology, zemiology and cybersecurity.
  • 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 penetration testing, malware analysis and development of innovative tools for cybersecurity.
  • Emma Smith
    Emma 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. Her research interests are centered around cryptography but she is also interested in the wider picture of cyber security in society.
  • Neil Ashdown
    Neil completed an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford. After leaving university he worked for defence and security company Jane's in a variety of roles, latterly as the deputy editor of the monthly magazine, Jane's Intelligence Review. He is interested in the intersection of cyber security and intelligence.
  • Nicola Bates
    Nicola's PhD focusses on the intersection of cyber security and international relations. Prior to doctoral work she: completed the information security MSc at Royal Holloway with a dissertation on autonomous vehicles; worked for PwC London in Transaction Services for 11 years; taught secondary school physics through the Teach First program; and completed a degree in (astro)physics from Cambridge University.
  • 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 completed an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, specialising in neuroscience. He then worked in journalism before joining the CDT. He is interested in automotive system security, along with medical applications of cyber security and human factors.
  • 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 
    Prior to joining the CDT Jenna graduated from Royal Holloway in 2019 with First Class Honours in Psychology (BSc). During her time as an undergraduate student she acted as a research assistant for a project investigating unknowingly disclosing personal information through eye tracking technologies. Her research interests are centered around, but not limited to, cyber psychology and human factors in cyber security.
  • 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 
    Natasha studied psychology at the University of Sussex and UC Berkeley. Following this, she worked for several years with various groups, including young offenders and persons convicted of sexual offences. Recently, she has case managed prisoners and ex-offenders into employment. She has also worked as an assistant psychologist with hospital patients with personality disorder diagnoses and forensic histories. Natasha completed an MSc in Forensic Psychology at Royal Holloway before joining the CDT programme. Her research interests are focussed on the impact of cyber security on the experiences of prisoners and custodial staff.
  • 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 
    Prior to joining the CDT, Robert was working as a Software Engineer and focused on security projects that involved the setup and configuration of cloud infrastructure, anti-Spam solutions, VPNs, firewalls and ensuring companies were PCI DSS compliant. He then achieved the MSc in Information Security at Royal Holloway.
  • 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 interests are centered around but not limited to theoretical and applied cryptography.

  • Liam Medley
    Liam studied an integrated masters degree in maths at the University of York, specialising in pure maths, then spent one summer doing a NERC-funded research internship in the School of Biological Sciences at Bangor University. He is primarily interested in cryptography

  • 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
  • Liam Medley 
    Liam studied an integrated masters degree in maths at the University of York, specialising in pure maths. He then spent one summer doing a NERC-funded research internship in the School of Biological Sciences at Bangor University. Liam is primarily interested in cryptography.

  • Joe Rowell
    Joe graduated with a BSc in Computer Science from Royal Holloway, University of London, in June 2018. He has broad research interests, mostly centered around cryptography - however, he also very interested in how people and organisations use technology to achieve their goals.

  • Thiago Zagatti


  • 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 completed a BSc (Hons) at Royal Holloway, University of London, then studied MSc in Clinical Psychology at King's College London. Previously, Georgia’s research interests  have been in clinical psychology and disaster response. The Schizophrenia Bulletin has accepted her Master’s dissertation, which in collaboration with other researchers, looked at interventions to reduce the duration of untreated psychosis for publication. More recently, her research interests surround human factors in cyber security, particularly in the workplace.
  • Amy Ertan
    Amy completed a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Hugh’s College Oxford, with a particular interest in international relations and political philosophy. After graduating in 2014, Amy worked for at Barclays in a range of roles and is now interested in many aspects of cyber security, including intelligence and surveillance, cyber war and geo-political security, as well as everyday cyber security and rights.
  • 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 Radboude 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. His research interests are post-quantum cryptography and he has worked on lattice-based cryptography for his master's thesis at the University of Auckland.
  • 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.  He currently researches distinct difference configurations and their applications to key predistribution in wireless sensor networks. 
  • 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.
  • Ashley Fraser
    Before joining the CDT, Ashley graduated with a First Class (Honours) in Mathematics from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh in 2016.  Before this she graduated with an LLB in Law in 2009 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2010 from the University of Dundee. Ashley’s research interests lie broadly in the area of cryptography. Recently, she has been investigating advanced notions of security in electronic voting with particular emphasis on the definition of receipt-freeness in e-voting
  • Rory Hopcraft  
    Rory completed his undergraduate degree in the Geography and Global Politics at Canterbury Christchurch University, then completed his Masters in Geopolitics and Security at Royal Holloway before joining the CDT in the autumn of 2016.
    Rory's main research interests fall within the Maritime Industry. Looking at the impacts of cyber threats to the operation and safety of vessels and ports worldwide.  Having just completed a project looking to how the International Maritime Organization can provide a framework for understanding and mitigating cyber risk 
  • 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.   
  • Feargus Pendlebury
    Feargus graduated from Royal Holloway in 2016 with a First Class Honours Degree in Computer Science and a specialism in Information Security. His current research focuses on the challenges of deploying machine learning systems in hostile environments, such as concept drift, the presence of adversarial examples, and backdoors in neural networks. During the CDT programme, Feargus has worked on these problems as a visitor at Facebook, The Alan Turing Institute, and the International Computer Science Institute.  
  • Eamonn Postlethwaite
    Eamonn studied for four years at Imperial College London and received an MSc in Mathematics with First Class (Honours), specialising in Number Theory and Algebra. Since joining the CDT in September of 2016, he has taken an interest in lattices and the so called "needle finding" class of algorithms, participated in and led various reading groups and seminars and joined the department's "capture the flag" team.       
  • 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)    
  • James Patrick-Evans
    James graduated in 2012 with a degree in Computer Science and works on automated software testing and binary analysis. He has previously worked on exploring new methods for finding vulnerabilities in device drivers and kernal exploitation. His current work looks into utilising machine learning and big data to automate parts of the reverse engineering process   

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