Valerio Pastro is a postdoctoral researcher at the Computer Science Department of Columbia University, hosted by Allison Bishop Lewko. Previously, he spent one year as a postdoc at CUNY, hosted by Rosario Gennaro. He completed his PhD in Computer Science at Aarhus University, under the supervision of Ivan Damgård (Aarhus University, Denmark) and Ronald Cramer (Leiden University / CWI Amsterdam, The Netherlands). His main research area is cryptography, with a focus on secure computation, homomorphic encryption, secret sharing schemes, and functional encryption. Broader interests in computer science and mathematics include security, distributed algorithms, lattices, and algebraic geometry.