Kristin Lauter is a Principal Researcher and Research Manager for the Cryptography and Privacy Research group at Microsoft Research. Her research areas are number theory and algebraic geometry, with applications to cryptography. She is particularly known for her work on homomorphic encryption, elliptic curve cryptography, and for introducing supersingular isogeny graphs as a hard problem into cryptography. She served as President of the Association for Women in Mathematics from 2015 –2017.

Lauter was elected to the 2015 Class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society “for contributions to arithmetic geometry and cryptography as well as service to the community.” In 2017, she was selected as a Fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics in the inaugural class. She was selected as the Polya Lecturer for the Mathematical Association of America for 2018-2020. In 2008, Lauter and her coauthors were awarded the Selfridge Prize in Computational Number Theory.