Creating a future powered by hybrid smart contracts

Building a world powered by truth

A cryptographically enforced system of contracts will take both our daily lives and the world’s emerging markets into a new age of economic fairness, transparency, and efficiency—an unbiased world driven not by vague brand promises but by cryptographic guarantees and the real value that individuals and institutions create.

Through a fusion of principled academic research, together with an industry focus on user needs, Chainlink Labs’ mission is to accelerate smart contract innovation and adoption by empowering developers to build feature-rich decentralized applications and providing global enterprises with a universal gateway to all blockchains. 

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Lorenz Breidenbach

Lorenz Breidenbach is a security researcher and former BRIDGE fellow from ETH Zürich and IC3. He previously conducted research at Cornell Tech and spent time in industry at Google and Open Systems.

Ari Juels

Ari Juels is the Weill Family Foundation and Joan and Sanford I. Weill Professor in the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech and a Computer Science faculty member at Cornell University. He is a Co-Director of the Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3). He was previously Chief Scientist of RSA.

Dahlia Malkhi

Dahlia Malkhi is Chief Research Officer at Chainlink Labs. She has been the CTO at the Diem Association, lead researcher at Novi, co-founder of VMWare Research, principal partner researcher at Microsoft Research, and a tenured professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has co-invented numerous innovations, including HotStuff, CorfuDB, Flexible Paxos, and Vertical Paxos, and has more than two decades of research experience in industry and academia, having led applied and foundational research focused on reliability and security of distributed systems.

Dan Boneh

Dr. Boneh is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University where he heads the applied cryptography group and co-directs the Center for Blockchain Research.  Dr. Boneh's research focuses on applications of cryptography to blockchains and to computer security.  He is the author of over 200 publications in the field, and is a recipient of the 2014 ACM prize and the 2013 Godel prize.  In 2016 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Alex Coventry

Alex Coventry is working on improvements to Chainlink's reporting protocol which will allow orders-of-magnitude reductions in the costs of running smart contracts that faithfully respond to real-world outcomes. He has a PhD in Applied Mathematics from MIT, and has been following cryptocurrency since the Bitcoin whitepaper came out in 2009.

Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he leads the Decentralized Systems lab and carries out research in applied cryptography, smart contract programming languages, and other topics in blockchains and computer security.

Christian Cachin

Christian Cachin is a professor of computer science at the University of Bern, where he has led the Cryptology and Data Security Research Group since 2019. He worked for IBM Research for more than 20 years. He is an ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, recipient of multiple IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, and has also served as the President of the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR) from 2014-2019.

Christian Catalini

Christian is the co-creator of Diem and chief economist of the Diem Association. He founded MIT’s Cryptoeconomics Lab and regularly presents his work at leading institutions such as the Federal Reserve Bank, the World Economic Forum, the International Monetary Fund, and more.

Dan Moroz

Daniel Moroz is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at Harvard University where he works on algorithmic game theory in cryptocurrency systems and helped found Harvard's first cryptocurrency research group. He is affiliated with the MIT Digital Currency Initiative and previously worked at Google and in quantitative trading.

Fan Zhang

Fan Zhang is a researcher working on blockchains, trusted hardware and applied cryptography. He created Town Crier and DECO as part of his PhD at Cornell. He is an incoming Assistant Professor at Duke University.

Farinaz Koushanfar

Farinaz Koushanfar is the Henry Booker Scholar Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California San Diego, where she is the founding Co-director of UCSD MICS (Center for Machine Intelligence, Computing, and Security). Her research is focused on automated holistic cross-layer co-design and optimization of Learning Algorithms, Security, and Privacy-Preserving Computing / Secure Multi-Party Computation.

Florian Tramèr

Florian Tramèr is a PhD student at Stanford University advised by Prof. Dan Boneh. His research interests are in the security of cryptocurrencies and cryptocommodities. He co-invented GasToken, and discovered and disclosed the first side-channel attacks on Zcash and Monero's anonymous transactions.

Kostis Karantias

Kostis Karantias is a software engineer and researcher in the cryptocurrency space with a Masters of Engineering in Computer Science from the University of Ioannina. He previously conducted research and development on cross-chain interoperability, light clients, and innovative consensus algorithms. Before working on blockchains, he worked at Bloomberg as a Software Engineer.

Paweł Szałachowski

Paweł Szałachowski is an engineer and researcher interested in blockchains, network security, and applied cryptography. Prior to joining Chainlink Labs he worked at Google and in academia. He holds a PhD from Warsaw University of Technology.

Hussien Usman

Hussien Usman holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Ben-Gurion University. His previous research focused on information-theoretic cryptography in general and secret-sharing schemes in particular. He has published several peer-reviewed papers in this domain.

Mike Reiter

Michael Reiter is a James B. Duke Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering at Duke University.   He has been recognized as a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE and received the ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contributions Award for his research contributions in computer security and fault-tolerant distributed computing.
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Academic partners

Giulia Fanti

Giulia Fanti is an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests span the algorithmic foundations of blockchains, distributed systems, privacy-preserving technologies, and machine learning. She obtained her PhD. in EECS from U.C. Berkeley and her B.S. in ECE from Olin College of Engineering.

Xiao Wang

Xiao Wang is an assistant professor of Computer Science at Northwestern University. His research interests include computer security, privacy and cryptography. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and his B.E. in C.S. from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.  

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