# Biography

Since 2017 I am a tenure-track assistant professor in the
Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis at
Aalto University. I received my PhD in mathematics in 2013 from Freie Universität Berlin under supervision of
Christian Haase and
Klaus Altmann. As a postdoctoral researcher I visited Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Aalto Science Institute, Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, Institute of Data, Systems and Society at MIT and PolSys Team at Sorbonne University.

I work in the field of applied nonlinear algebra. I am particularly interested in algebraic statistics and applications in biology, for example in phylogenetics and 3D genome reconstruction. I am also interested in questions about matrix and tensor decompositions, e.g. nonnegative and positive semidefinite factorizations, and low-rank matrix/tensor completion. Besides nonlinear algebra, I like to use tools from combinatorics, polyhedral geometry and convex optimization.

Academy of Finland is funding my research through project funding for early-career researchers.

### Interests

- Algebraic statistics
- Nonlinear algebra in biology
- Special matrix and tensor decompositions

### Education

PhD in Mathematics, 2013

Free University of Berlin

BSc in Mathematics, 2007

University of Tartu