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Office Location

805 Columbus Avenue
621 Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC)
Boston, MA 02120

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Abhi Shelat, 435 ISEC
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

  • Cryptography
  • Applied security


  • PhD in computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MS in computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BA in computer science, Harvard University


Abhi Shelat’s research interests lie in cryptography and applied security. He works on secure computation protocols, which are methods for mutually distrusting parties, each with private inputs, to jointly compute a function while ensuring maximal privacy and correctness.

He grew up in Austin, Texas, where his father worked after earning his MBA from Northeastern in 1975. He earned a BA from Harvard University in 1997 before moving to San Francisco to work at a startup. He received his PhD in cryptography from MIT in 2005 and joined the Zurich IBM Research Lab shortly after. Then, he joined the computer science department at the University of Virginia in 2007. He was promoted and tenured from an assistant professor to an associate professor in 2013.

Shelat has received the NSF CAREER award, Microsoft Faculty Fellowship Award, the FEST fellowship award, an Amazon Research award, an SAIC research award, a Jacobs Future of Money Workshop research prize, the Google Faculty Research Award, and an ACM UVA-Chapter Professor of the Year award. He is also the co-founder of a software company, Arqspin, in Charlottesville.

He has three energetic children with his partner and acclaimed architectural historian Cammy Brothers, who is also teaching at Northeastern.