Nishanth Chandran is a Researcher at Microsoft Research, India. His research interests are in problems related to cryptography, cloud security and distributed algorithms. Prior to joining MSRI, Nishanth was a Researcher at AT&T Labs, and before that he was a Post-doctoral Researcher at MSR Redmond.

Nishanth is a recipient of the 2010 Chorafas Award for exceptional achievements in research and his research has received coverage in science journals and in the media at venues such as Nature and MIT Technology Review. He has published papers in, and served on the technical program committee of, top conferences such as Crypto and TCC. Nishanth received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA, M.S. in Computer Science from UCLA, and B.E. in Computer Science and Engineering from Anna University, Chennai.

Nishanth is also a top ranking (A grade) All India Radio South Indian Classical (Carnatic) Violinist and has performed at international venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles (as part of legendary sitarist Late Pandit Ravi Shankar’s ensemble) and the Madras Music Academy, Chennai. You can check out a short clip from one of his concerts on Indian national television here.

Detailed CV.






Online undergraduate course (with Bhavana Kanukurthi and Neeraj Kayal) on Discrete Mathematics as part of the Massively Empowered Classroom initiative by Microsoft Research.

Students Mentored at MSR India:

  • PhD Students:
    • Dhinakaran Vinayagamurthy (University of Toronto; Now Ph.D. student at University of Waterloo)
    • Saikrishna Badrinarayanan (UCLA)
    • Antonis Papadimitriou (University of Pennsylvania)
    • Kartik Nayak (University of Maryland)
    • Srinivasan Raghuraman (MIT)
    • Sameer Wagh (Princeton)
  • Undergraduate Students:
    • Srinivasan Raghuraman (IIT Madras; Now Ph.D. student at MIT)
    • Akshayaram Srinivasan (IIT Madras; Now Ph.D. student at UC, Berkeley)
    • Vishu Goyal (IIT Roorkee; Now Software Engineer at Google)
    • Aayush Jain (MSR India Research Fellow; Now Ph.D. student at UCLA)
    • Varun Raj (IIT Guwahati; Now Research Assistant at NUS)
    • Satyanarayana Vusirikala (MSR India Research Fellow; Now Ph.D. student at UT Austin)
    • Marilyn George (MSR India Research Fellow; Now Ph.D. student at Brown University)

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