# About

I am a third-year PhD student at MIT, where I am advised by Vinod Vaikuntanathan. I’m interested in theoretical computer science, particularly cryptography and complexity theory. I am supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Before MIT, I was a software engineer at Google (YouTube). Prior to that, I received a BA in mathematics from Harvard University. As an undergraduate, I attended the DIMACS REU (under Eric Allender’s mentorship) and Ken Ono’s number theory REU (under his and John Duncan’s mentorship). I also interned in industry at Facebook and Jane Street.

Here is my CV.

**Recent News**

*April 2023:*I visited Columbia and CMU and gave talks at the Columbia Theory Seminar and the CMU Theory Lunch Seminar (video here) based on joint work with Aparna Gupte and Vinod Vaikuntanathan.*February 2023:*I visited the Simons Institute for the first month of the Meta-Complexity program. I gave a talk at the Lower Bounds, Learning, and Average-Case Complexity workshop based on previous work with Eric Allender and Rahul Ilango.*February 2023:*I gave talks at the Berkeley Security Seminar and Stanford Security Seminar based on recent joint work with Surya Mathialagan. Previously, I gave a talk at MIT’s Cryptography and Information Security (CIS) Seminar on the same work.*November 2022:*I attended FOCS and gave a talk on joint work with Aparna Gupte and Vinod Vaikuntanathan.

## Publications

**MacORAMa: Optimal Oblivious RAM with Integrity**

Surya Mathialagan, **NV**

*CRYPTO 2023*

[Paper]

**Continuous LWE is as Hard as LWE & Applications to Learning Gaussian Mixtures**

Aparna Gupte, **NV**, Vinod Vaikuntanathan

*FOCS 2022*

[arXiv] [ePrint] [Video at CMU] [Video at FOCS] [Video at Simons]

**Average-case Hardness of NP and PH from Worst-case Fine-grained Assumptions**

Lijie Chen, Shuichi Hirahara, **NV**

*ITCS 2022*

[Paper] [Video]

**The Non-hardness of Approximating Circuit Size**

Eric Allender, Rahul Ilango, **NV**

*CSR 2019*

*Invited to Special Issue of Theory of Computing Systems*

[Paper]

**Moonshine for All Finite Groups**

Samuel DeHority, Xavier Gonzalez, **NV**, Roger Van Peski

*Research in the Mathematical Sciences*

[Paper]

*Authors are listed in alphabetical order of last name, as is the convention in theoretical computer science and mathematics.*