Kristin Lauter is President of the Association for Women in Mathematics.


Kristin Lauter leads the Cryptography Research Group at Microsoft Research.  She loves working on hard math problems which are used in modern cryptosystems, focusing mostly on algorithmic number theory problems. 

Besides working on challenges such as constructing elliptic curves for cryptography and  attacking lattice-based cryptosystems, she has proposed new cryptosystems based on the hardness of routing in certain graphs, for example. 

Kristin is currently President of the Association for Women in mathematics and she is passionate about supporting careers for women and girls in Mathematics.  She was a co-founder of WIN, a research network of women in Number Theory, and the Research Collaboration Conferences for Women initiative.

Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Chicago