Alexandra E. Michael

Contact me at aemichae[@]cs[.]washington[.]edu. I'm also on GitHub and LinkedIn.


I'm a PhD student at the Allen School of Computer Science, at the University of Washington in Seattle. My research interests lie at the intersection of security, programming languages, and compilers. I'm co-advised by David Kohlbrenner in the Security and Privacy Lab and Dan Grossman in the PLSE lab.

Currently, I'm working on compiler-based mitigations for microarchitectural side-channels. Previously, I worked with Deian Stefan on Memory-Safe WebAssembly during my undergraduate at UC San Diego, where I earned my B.S. in Computer Science in December 2021.


Alexandra E. Michael*, Anitha Gollamudi*, Jay Bosamiya, Evan Johnson, Aidan Denlinger, Craig Disselkoen, Conrad Watt, Bryan Parno, Marco Patrignani, Marco Vassena, and Deian Stefan. 2023. MSWasm: Soundly Enforcing Memory-Safe Execution of Unsafe Code. Proc. ACM Program. Lang. 7, POPL, Article 15 (January 2023), 30 pages.


NSF GRFP Fellow. Awarded March 2023.

Corin Anderson Endowed Fellowship (University of Washington). Awarded for academic year 2022-23.

Undergraduate Research Award from UC San Diego CSE. Awarded June 2022.