Asif Zaman

Mathematics

I am an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream at the University of Toronto and I specalize in analytic number theory. Currently, I am coordinating MAT137, an introductory calculus class with proofs; please see the official MAT137 website for all course details.

Previously, I was an NSERC Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University working with Kannan Soundararajan. My doctoral advisor was John Friedlander at the University of Toronto.

Employment

2019 - present

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

University of Toronto

2017 - 2019

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

Teaching

I am currently coordinating MAT137 Calculus. All course details are on the official MAT137 website.

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.

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.

Travel

2019 November 7      University of Wiscon-Madison, Madison WI      Number Theory seminar
2019 December 6-9      CMS Winter Meeting, York University, Toronto ON      Analytic Number Theory special session
2020 January 14-18      Joint Math Meetings 2020, Denver CO      Project NExT Silver Dot