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GAP Connector

CAIMS/SCMAI Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Connector


The new reality of home-office and remote conferencing has drastically changed our scientific interaction. Young researchers are particularly affected, and it is a challenge for them to make new connections and to build their careers. CAIMS/SCMAI has launched the GAP Connector service to help connect the next generation of scientists to Canadian applied and industrial mathematics research teams across the country.


The GAP Connector lists names and research interests of senior PhD-graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in applied and industrial mathematics, forming a central hub for applied mathematicians to find new talent in our area.


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  • Senior graduate students in a PhD program and postdoctoral fellows can enter their information into the submission form 
  • Established faculty members and seminar organizers can browse the list of names to identify young researchers in their area. This can lead to seminar invitations, conference invitations, new collaborations, and possibly hiring opportunities.  


Join the GAP Connector today!


There are some rules:
  • This is a free CAIMS/SCMAI service for PhD Graduate students and Postdoctoral fellows training at Canadian Universities in applied and industrial mathematics.  
  • Please be aware that all information submitted in the form may be shared publicly on our website. Do not submit any personal or private information. 
  • Submissions will be accepted at any time.
  • In order to keep our listing up-to-date, the list will be cleared on August 1st each year.  
  • Submissions will be reviewed. Inappropriate content will be removed. 


If you find this service useful, consider becoming a CAIMS/SCMAI member or asking your department to become an institutional member.


2020/21 GAP Connector Listings

Scientific Computing
Name and Contact Research Interests Links
Sarah Nataj, U Manitoba, postdoc Numerical Analysis, PDE, Optimization, Numerical Linear Algebra linkedin
Hatef Dastour, U Calgary, PhD candidate Wave Equation, Numerical Methods for PDEs, Deep learning methods linkedin
Najmul Abid, UBC, postdoc Fracture mechanics, Finite element analysis, Discrete element analysis, Numerical modelling linkedin
Avleen Kaur, U Manitoba, PhD candidate Numerical analysis, PDEs, Numerical linear algebra, PDEs, Spectral methods, Stokes problem, Saddle point problems website


Industrial Mathematics
Name and Contact Research Interests Links
Gabriel Jarry-Bolduc, UBC, PhD candidate Derivative-free optimization google scholar


Mathematical Biology
Name and Contact Research Interests Links
Carlos Contreras, U Alberta, postdoc reaction network kinetics, machine learning, bifurcations website
Safia Athar, York U, postdoc Infectious Diseases modelling, Game theory, dynamical systems
Yurij Salmaniw, U Alberta, PhD candidate partial differential equations, parabolic systems, habitat loss, animal movements, movement ecology, memory and learning website
Mahnaz Alavinejad, York U, postdoc Informing Public health policy and decision making twitter
Christopher Heggerud, U Alberta, PhD candidate Human-Environmental systems, Phytoplankton, transient dynamics, ecological stoichiometry website
Nikolaos Dimitriou, McGill, PhD candidate Spatiotemporal models, Cancer growth, 3D cultures, Cancer invasion
Peter Harrington, U Alberta, PhD candidate Marine Metapopulations, Transient Dynamics, Sea Lice and Salmon Farms website


Financial Mathematics
Name and Contact Research Interests Links
Massoome Rahsepar, Ryerson U, PhD candidate Financial Mathematics, Risk Measure linkedin
Sarath Kumar Jayaraman, U Calgary, PhD candidate GARCH, derivatives pricing linkedin


Fluid Dynamics
Name and Contact Research Interests Links
Elham Kianiharchegani, UWO, PhD candidate Machine Learning
Emad Chaparian, UBC, postdoc Numerical modelling; Complex fluids; Rheology; Porous Media linkedin


Dynamical Systems
Name and Contact Research Interests Links
Ahmed Sid-Ali, Carleton U, postdoc Interacting particle systems; Mean-field; McKean-Vlasov; Freidlin Wentzell large deviations; Large time behaviour of stochastic systems; researchgate
Hui Huang, U Calgary, postdoc Interacting particle systems, Propagation of chaos researchgate