Mihir Bellare is a cryptographer and professor at the University of California, San Diego. He has published several seminal papers in the field of cryptography (notably in the area of provable security), many coauthored with Phillip Rogaway. Bellare has published a number of papers in the field of Format-Preserving Encryption. His students include Michel Abdalla, Chanathip Namprempre and Tadayoshi Kohno. Bellare is one of the authors of skein.
In 2003 Bellare was a recipient of RSA's Sixth Annual Conference Award for outstanding contributions in the field of mathematics for his research in cryptography. 
Bellare's papers cover topics including:
- Random oracle
- Probabilistic signature scheme
- Provable security
- Format-preserving encryption
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