Asif Zaman

Mathematics

I am an NSERC Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University working with Kannan Soundararajan and doing research in number theory. My doctoral advisor was John Friedlander at the University of Toronto.

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Employment

2017 - Present

NSERC Postdoctoral Scholar

Stanford University

Education

2012 - 2017

PhD, Mathematics

University of Toronto

advised by John Friedlander
2010 - 2012

MSc, Mathematics

University of British Columbia

advised by Lior Silberman
2006 - 2010

BSc Hons, Mathematics

Simon Fraser University

Research

My research is rooted in analytic number theory and its connections to algebraic structures. I have investigated problems concerning the distribution of prime numbers, zeros of L-functions, the Chebotarev density theorem, and binary quadratic forms. These have led to interesting applications involving elliptic curves, modular forms, torsion in class groups, and mass equidistribution on the modular surface. Recently, I have also been studying questions in arithmetic statistics and multiplicative function theory.

I also organize the Stanford Analytic Number Theory learning seminar. The goal of the seminar is to explain modern and emerging ideas in the field. Speakers usually select recent articles based on their own interests but may also talk about their research.

Teaching

In 2019 Spring, I will be teaching MATH 106 Functions of a Complex Variable and MATH 122 Modulues and Group Representations. All course materials will be on Canvas and the syllabus will appear there about a week before classes begin.

As an instructor, I want my students to actively engage in the classroom, to develop strong analytical skills for their future studies and careers, and to build a deeper appreciation for mathematics. How Learning Works and an AMS blog series on active learning are excellent expositions that have motivated my approach. Other online teaching resources I like to use are also shared below.

Travel

2018 December     CMS Winter Meeting, Vancouver BC    
Distributions in Analytic Number Theory session
2019 January     Joint Math Meetings, Baltimore MD    
Analytic Number Theory + Counting Methods in Number Theory