Yuriy Polyakov is an Associate Research Professor at the NJIT Department of Computer Science & Cybersecurity Research Center. His primary research interests are applied lattice-based cryptography, homomorphic encryption, and program obfuscation. He is a core contributor to the open-source PALISADE Lattice Cryptography Library. Prior to joining NJIT, he worked as a research scientist at MIT CSAIL and held several senior-level industrial positions. His prior research dealt with time series analysis using statistical physics methods and mathematical modeling of membrane technology processes. He received M.S. in Computer Science from NJIT (2003), PhD in Chemical Engineering from Moscow Polytechnic University (2004), and D.Sc.(Dr. Habil.) in Physics & Mathematics from Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry (2007). He is a recipient of the Moscow Mayor's Young Scientist Award (2005).