Asif Zaman


I am an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream at the University of Toronto and I specalize in analytic number theory. Currently, I am coordinating MAT237 Multivariable Calculus with Proofs and teaching the first year foundations seminar MAT198 Cryptology.

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.


2019 - present

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

University of Toronto

2017 - 2019

NSERC Postdoctoral Scholar

Stanford University


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


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.


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.