CISPA is currently in the founding process to join the German Helmholtz Association as a new member. It is consequently undergoing significant organizational changes, which are not yet reflected on this webpage.

For further information on the above mentioned founding process, please refer to the official press release by the State Chancellery of Saarland.

Recent News on the Transformation Process


The location of the first construction phase has been agreed upon. For further information, please refer to the official press release .

September 13, 2017 2:30 pm
Emiliano De Cristofaro University College London (UCL)
E9 1 Lecture Hall

The Genomics Revolution: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


Advances in DNA sequencing and genomic research have paved the way to a
variety of revolutionary applications and made genetic testing
increasingly available to the masses. The increasing understanding of
the human genome’s relation to diseases, disorders, and response to
treatments brings promise of improvements in preventive and personalized
healthcare. This very same progress, however, also prompts worrisome
privacy concerns, as the genome is a treasure trove of highly personal
and sensitive information. Besides carrying information about ethnic
heritage, genetic conditions, and predisposition to diseases, access to
an individual’s genome also entails access to that of their present and
future relatives. The leakage of such information can open the door to a
variety of abuses and threats not yet fully understood. In this talk, we
overview biomedical advances in genomics and discuss associated privacy,
ethical, and security challenges. We also begin to address
privacy-preserving genomic tests by discussing a set of techniques for
secure genome analysis and sharing. We explore a few alternatives to
securely store genomic data and allow authorized parties to run tests in
such a way that only the required minimum amount of information is
disclosed, discussing the state of the art as well as open problems.

Speaker’s Bio

GEmiliano De Cristofaro is an Associate Professor at University College
London (UCL).  Prior to joining UCL in 2013, he was a research scientist
at Xerox PARC. In 2011, he received a PhD in Networked Systems from the
University of California, Irvine, advised (mostly while running on the
beach), by Gene Tsudik. His research interests include privacy
technologies, applied cryptography, and systems security. He will serve as
program co-chair of the security and privacy track at WWW 2018, and
has served as program co-chair of the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium
(PETS) in 2013 and 2014, and of the Workshop on Genome Privacy and
Security (GenoPri 2015). His homepage is available at https://emilianodc.com.