Huijia (Rachel) Lin is an Associate Professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, where she co-leads the Cryptography Lab. Before joining the University of Washington, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Earlier, she obtained a PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University, and was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Department of Computer Science at Boston University.
Her research interests are in Cryptography, and broadly its interplay with theory of computer science and security. She is known for her works on program obfuscation, functional encryption, secure multiparty computation, non-malleability and concurrent security. She is a recipient of a US National Science Foundation CAREER award, a Hellman Fellowship, a JP Morgan Faculty award, and a Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship.
She has won a best paper award honorable mention at Eurocrypt 2016, a best paper award at Eurocrypt 2018, and a best paper award at STOC 2021.
Her papers have been many times invited to special issues of journals for selected papers at cryptography and theory of computing conferences, and covered by media such as the Quanta Magazine and Forbes.