**Research interests**: applied and computational algebraic geometry, in particular algebraic statistics; connections to phylogenetics, optimization, polyhedral geometry and combinatorics.

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis at Aalto University. I am a member of the AScI thematic program "Challenges in Large Geometric Structures and Big Data".

In 2014-2016, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto Science Institute and associated with the Alexander Engström's group. In 2014, I spent a semester at the Simons Institute in Berkeley attending the program "Algorithms and Complexity in Algebraic Geometry". In 2013, I spent a semester at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn working with Bernd Sturmfels. I defended my PhD thesis "Algebraic and combinatorial aspects of group-based models" in May 2013 at Freie Universität Berlin. My supervisors were Christian Haase and Klaus Altmann. I was a member of Berlin Mathematical School.

I wrote a research vignette for the Simons Institute newsletter.

I am attending a nine-course introduction to data science on Coursera. My work for these courses is available at https://github.com/kaiekubjas and http://rpubs.com/kaiekubjas.