Thurston Dang

Thurston Dang

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I am currently a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT CSAIL, working for Prof. Martin Rinard.
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I completed my PhD in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, advised by David Wagner and Petros Maniatis. My dissertation was on Towards Improved Mitigations for Two Attacks on Memory Safety.

I received a Master of Arts in Statistics from UC Berkeley, advised by Elchanan Mossel. My thesis was on A Statistical Test for Clades in Phylogenies.




Thurston H.Y. Dang, Petros Maniatis, and David Wagner. (2017). Oscar: A Practical Page-Permissions-Based Scheme for Thwarting Dangling Pointers. USENIX Security 2017, 815-832.

Thurston H.Y. Dang, Petros Maniatis, and David Wagner. (2015). The Performance Cost of Shadow Stacks and Stack Canaries. Proceedings of the 10th ACM Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS), 555-566.

Cynthia Sturton, Rohit Sinha, Thurston H.Y. Dang, Sakshi Jain, Michael McCoyd, Wei Yang Tan, Petros Maniatis, Sanjit A. Seshia, and David Wagner. (2013). Symbolic Software Model Validation. 11th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Formal Methods and Models for Codesign (MEMOCODE), 97-108.


Justin M. Greene, Pradyot Dash, Sobhan Roy, Curtis McMurtrey, Walid Awad, Jason S. Reed, Katherine B. Hammond, Shaheed Abdulhaqq, Helen L. Wu, Benjamin J. Burwitz, Benjamin F. Roth, David W. Morrow, Julia C. Ford, Guangwu Xu, Joseph Y. Bae, Hugh Crank, Alfred W. Legasse, Thurston H. Dang, Hui Yee Greenaway, Monica Kurniawan, Marielle C. Gold, Melanie J. Harriff, Deborah A. Lewinsohn, Byung S. Park, Michael K. Axthelm, Jeffrey J. Stanton, Scott G. Hansen, Louis J. Picker, Vanessa Venturi, William Hildebrand, Paul G. Thomas, David M. Lewinsohn, Erin J. Adams, and Jonah B. Sacha (2017). MR1-Restricted Mucosal-Associated Invariant T (MAIT) Cells Respond to Mycobacterial Vaccination and Infection in Nonhuman Primates. Mucosal Immunology, 10, 802-813.

Simon P. Keam, Paul E. Young, Alexandra L. McCorkindale, Thurston H.Y. Dang, Jennifer L. Clancy, David T. Humphreys, Thomas Preiss, Gyorgy Hutvagner, David I.K. Martin, Jennifer E. Cropley, and Catherine M. Suter (2014). The human Piwi protein Hiwi2 associates with tRNA-derived piRNAs in somatic cells. Nucleic Acids Research, 42, 8984-8995.

Sophie A. Valkenburg, Vanessa Venturi, Thurston H.Y. Dang, Nicola L. Bird, Peter C. Doherty, Stephen J. Turner, Miles P. Davenport, and Katherine Kedzierska. (2012). Early priming minimizes the age-related immune compromise of CD8+ T cell diversity and function. PLoS Pathogens, 8.

David Mendoza, Cassandra Royce, Laura E. Ruff, David R. Ambrozak, Maire F. Quigley, Thurston Dang, Vanessa Venturi, David A. Price, Daniel C. Douek, Stephen A. Migueles, and Mark Connors. (2012). HLA B*5701+ Long-Term Nonprogressors / Elite Controllers are not Distinguished from Progressors by the Clonal Composition of HIV-Specific CD8+ T-Cells. Journal of Virology, 86, 4014-4018.

Jennifer E. Cropley, Thurston H.Y. Dang, David I.K. Martin, and Catherine M. Suter. (2012). The penetrance of an epigenetic trait is progressively yet reversibly increased by selection and environment. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 279, 2347-2353.

Kynan T. Lawlor, Louise V. O'Keefe, Saumya E. Samaraweera, Clare L. van Eyk, Catherine J. McLeod, Christopher A. Maloney, Thurston H.Y. Dang, Catherine M. Suter, and Robert I. Richards. (2011). Double stranded RNA is pathogenic in Drosophila models of expanded repeat neurodegenerative diseases. Human Molecular Genetics, 20, 3757-3768.


  • Program committee member, 38th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS 2018: Security, Privacy, and Trust in Distributed Systems track)