Manager, Cryptography group
Kristin Lauter is a Principal Researcher, a member of the Senior Leadership Team for the XCG lab, and the head of the Cryptography group at Microsoft Research. She directs the group's research activities in theoretical and applied cryptography and in the related math fields of number theory and algebraic geometry. Her personal research interests include algorithmic number theory, elliptic curve cryptography, hash functions, and cloud security and privacy, including privacy for healthcare.
Lauter is also an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Washington. She received her BA, MS, and PhD, all in mathematics, from the University of Chicago, in 1990, 1991, and 1996, respectively. She was T.H. Hildebrandt Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan (1996-1999), and a Visiting Scholar at Max Planck Institut fur Mathematik in Bonn, Germany (1997), and at Institut de Mathematiques Luminy in France (1999). In 2008, Lauter, together with her coauthors, was awarded the Selfridge Prize in Computational Number Theory. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics, and on the Editorial Boards for Journal of Algebra and Its Applications and International Journal of Information and Coding Theory. She was a co-founder of the Women In Numbers Network, a research collaboration community for women in number theory. She serves on the Advisory Board for SHARPS, the Strategic Healthcare IT Advanced Research Projects on Security.