Mariana Raykova is a researcher in the areas of cryptography and security. Her interests are both in theoretical work that develops new cryptographic tools and applied cryptography projects that aim to use and implement cryptographic protocols in systems in order to enhance their security properties. Her research includes work in the areas of secure computation, oblivious data structures, zero knowledge and verifiable computation, obfuscation. She received her PhD from Columbia University. She spent a year as a postdoc at the Cryptography Group at IBM Research Watson and two years as a Research Scientist at SRI International. Following that she was an Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department of Yale University. In 2019 she joined Google as a Research Scientist.