Blockchain Technology Laboratory

Meet the team

The EDI team includes specialist researchers, scientists and engineers.

Aggelos Kiayias
Aggelos Kiayias
Aggelos Kiayias is chair in Cyber Security and Privacy and director of the Blockchain Technology Laboratory at the University of Edinburgh. He is also the Chief Scientist at blockchain technology company IOHK. His research interests are in computer security, information security, applied cryptography and foundations of cryptography with a particular emphasis in blockchain technologies and distributed systems, e-voting and secure multiparty protocols as well as privacy and identity management.  Papers
Mojtaba Tefagh
Mojtaba Tefagh is the Blockchain Programme Manager in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Stanford University in 2019. He is interested in the Bitcoin revolution and the emerging decentralized consensus technologies afterwards. His current focus is on business development for the Blockchain Technology Laboratory, with a particular emphasis on industry and community engagement for the Edinburgh Decentralisation Index. Papers
Daniel Woods
Daniel woods
Daniel W Woods is a Lecturer in Cybersecurity at the University of Edinburgh. His position is jointly appointed by the British University in Dubai.  Daniel researches the the economics of cybersecurity and privacy, with a focus on insurance, risk quantification and crisis response. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Oxford and an MSci in Mathematics from the University of Bristol. Papers
Dimitris Karakostas
Dimitris Karakostas
Dimitris Karakostas is a Research Associate in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He holds a PhD in Cryptography from the University of Edinburgh and an Electrical and Computer Engineering MEng from the National Technical University of Athens. He is interested in the provable security and the decentralized nature of distributed ledger systems and in the economic principles of decentralized financial applications. Papers
Zeeshan Jan

Zeeshan Jan is a Research Engineer at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, focusing on the exploration of Blockchain applications. He earned his PhD from The Open University and holds M.Sc. in Advanced Software Engineering from the University of Leicester. His professional focus lies in both research and development within the realm of Blockchain applications, reflecting a dedication to advancing knowledge and innovation in this field.

Christina Ovezik
Christina Ovezik is a PhD student in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on defining decentralisation in the context of blockchain systems and measuring the degree to which existing systems achieve it. She holds an MSc in Advanced Technology for Financial Computing from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Computer Science from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.  
Mary Milad

Mary Milad is a Research Assistant in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. She conducts data analytics and statistical modeling for the Edinburgh Decentralization Index (EDI). She holds an MSc in the Mathematics of Cryptography and Communications from Royal Holloway University of London and a BA in Mathematics and Statistics from Boston University.