Muntazir Abidi, Ph.D.

Distinguished Visiting Assistant Professor in the Integrated Sciences & Mathematics Program
Dhanani School of Science & Engineering

Education

  • University of Cambridge - PhD in Cosmology | 2020
  • University of Cambridge - MASt in Applied Mathematics | 2016
  • International Centre for Theoretical Physics (Trieste, Italy) - Diploma in High Energy Physics | 2013
  • Lahore University of Management Sciences (Pakistan) - BS in Physics and Electrical Engineering | 2012

Teaching Experience:

  • Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching — University of Cambridge 2017 – 2019
  • Visiting Lecturer of Mathematics — Institute of Business Administration (Pakistan) 2015 – 2016
  • Lecturer — Karachi Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship (Pakistan) 2013 – 2015

Courses Taught:

  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Advanced Cosmology
  • Part II Principles of Quantum Mechanics
  • Mathematics

Research Interests:

  • Cosmology X Data Science group, Flatiron Institute (Simons Foundation)
  • Stephan Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology, my research was on large-scale structure cosmology, mainly focused on galaxy biasing

Biography:

Muntazir Abidi completed his Doctoral degree in Cosmology from University of Cambridge in 2016-2020 after having completed a one-year Masters in Mathematics from the same university in 2015. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering from Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan from 2008 to 2012.

He has also worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in University of Geneva, Switzerland. He was doing research on computational, theoretical, and observational cosmology. He also worked as a Visiting Researcher at Cosmology X Data Science group, Flatiron Institute (Simons Foundation), New York, USA. There his research included computational cosmology, data analysis of galaxy surveys and applications of machine learning in cosmology.

Before Habib University, he taught in graduate and undergraduate students in University of Cambridge. In the past years, he has taught various courses including Quantum Field Theory, Advanced Cosmology, Part II Principles of Quantum Mechanics, Mathematics, Physics, and History of Science.

He has delivered 16 invited talks at international conferences, universities, and private companies as well as 10 public outreach talks in 3 cities in Pakistan. He has also taught and mentored 3 week-long summer school sessions focused on talented high school international students in Cambridge.


Selected Awards and Accomplishments

  • Awarded a Smith-Knight Prize 2018 for the 3rd best research essay category in theoretical physics and applied mathematics
  • Cambridge Trust Doctoral Research Scholarship (2015-2019): a fully-funded scholarship worth £140,000
  • Postgraduate Lundgren Award (2020): a contribution of £1,500 towards fourth year PhD funding
  • Awarded the prestigious Santander Award 2016 for overall academic performance in Masters, receiving £700 in prize money
  • St Edmund’s College Travel Award (2018, 2019) travel grants to attend conferences to present research work (£300 each year).
  • Travel award from the Bestway Foundation for Masters and PhD (2015 and 2016): £2,000 each year.
  • Postgraduate Scholarship (2012-2013): awarded by UNESCO to 10 students selected from 127 developing countries to study a postgraduate diploma in High Energy Physics at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Italy
  • National Outreach Program Scholarship (2008-2012): fully funded scholarship for four years’ worth £25,000.
  • Gold Medal (2008): Gold Medal awarded from the Intermediate Board of Secondary Education in Abbottabad (Pakistan), for securing the first position among 30,000 candidates.

Selected Publications

  1. Abidi and T. Baldauf, 2018, Cubic Halo Bias in Eulerian and Lagrangian Space, JCAP07(2018)029 - arXiv:1802.07622 (cited by 44+ since June 2018)
  2. Abidi, T. Baldauf, Blake Sherwin, Forecasting Quadratic Bias Parameters Using the Projected 3-point Statistics, (In preparation to submit for a publication)
  3. Darwaish, S. Foreman, M. Abidi, T. Baldauf, PD Meerburg, and B. Sherwin, Density Reconstruction from Biased Tracers and its Application to Primordial non-Gaussianity, arXiv: 2007.08472
  4. PD Meerburg et. al., (incl. M. Abidi), Astro2020 Science White Paper: Primordial Non-Gaussianity, arXiv:1903.04409, 2019
  5. Green et. al., (incl. M. Abidi), Astro2020 Science White Paper - Messengers from the Early Universe: Cosmic Neutrinos and Other Light Relics, arXiv: 1903.04763
  6. Slosar et. al., (incl. M. Abidi), Astro2020 Science White Paper - Scratches from the Past: Inflationary Archaeology through Features in the Power Spectrum of Primordial Fluctuations, arXiv: 1903.09883
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