Karin Strauss is a Senior Principal Research Manager at Microsoft Research and an Affiliate Professor at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Washington. Her research areas are computer architecture, systems, and most recently biology, and she co-directs the Molecular Information System Laboratory. Her research interests include environmental sustainability of IT infrastructure, emerging memory and storage technologies, scaling of computation and storage, and special-purpose accelerators. She has over 100 papers and patents in these areas, was selected as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business in 2016" by Fast Company Magazine, and is a recipient of the 2020 ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes award. Her research has been featured prominently in the media including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, MIT Technology Review, Scientific American, and Popular Science, among others. She got her PhD from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2007.