Nina Bindel

Researcher , SandboxAQ


Nina Bindel is a researcher at SandboxAQ, CA, USA, located in Germany. Before joining SandboxAQ, she had been affiliated to the Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt as a post doctoral researcher in the cryptoplexity group. Until early 2022, she had been affiliated the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) as a post doctoral fellow at the Department of Combinatorics & Optimization at the University of Waterloo (UW) in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She also interned at Microsoft Research, Redmond (US), during the summer 2019 . Before she was a post doctoral researcher in the Cryptography and computer algebra group at TU Darmstadt, Germany, where she also received her Ph.D. in September 2018 from TU Darmstadt. She was the principal submitter of qTESLA — a lattice-based signature scheme submitted to NIST’s PQC standardization competition that advanced to the second of three rounds.

Her research addresses the construction and cryptanalysis of quantum-secure schemes and provably guaranteeing their security in the appropriate security models. Moreover, she is focusing on how to transition cryptographic protocols and applications to be quantum-secure. One of the protocols she looked at closely is the FIDO2 protocol, leading to high-quality research publications and open-source implementations.

Nina Bindel is also a proficient speaker presenting to technical as well as broader audiences. Her blog posts, publications and presentations can be found at