Huijia (Rachel) Lin

Associate Professor

Paul G. Allen Career Development Professor
Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington


Huijia (Rachel) Lin is an Associate Professor at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, where she holds the Paul G. Allen Development Professorship. Her areas of expertise are cryptography and its connections to the theory of computer science and security. She has made contributions to the foundations of program obfuscation, functional encryption, attribute based encryption, secure multiparty computation, non-malleability, and concurrent security.

Dr. Lin has received multiple honors. She received a US National Science Foundation CAREER award, a Hellman Fellowship, a Cisco research award, a JP Morgan Faculty award, and a Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship. In addition, she has won a best paper award at STOC 2021, a best paper award at Eurocrypt 2018, and a best paper award honorable mention at Eurocrypt 2016. In 2022, she was invited to speak at the International Congress of Mathematicians and was named "10 scientists to watch" by ScienceNews.

Before joining the University of Washington, Dr. Lin was an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She earned her PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University and completed postdoctoral research at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Department of Computer Science at Boston University.