Jamshaid Shahir

A bit about me.


I am a first-year PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC Chapel Hill) in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. I completed my BS in mathematics and statistics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2018, where I did work on the mechanisms of cell polarization using stochastic modeling, under Dr. Hye-Won Kang. I also studied the dynamics of arrhythmogenesis using delay differential equations at Rochester Institute of Technology under Dr. Elizabeth Cherry. I enjoy taking seemingly unrelated biological systems, such as cardiac myocytes, and turning them into math problems to unravel their behavior and draw new insights that might not otherwise be possible.


– PhD Bioinformatics and Computational Biology – UNC Chapel Hill (in progress)
– BS Mathematics, BS Statistics, minor in Computer Science, Honors College certificate Magna Cum Laude – UMBC 2018
– Senior Thesis: “Studying Cell Polarization Using a Stochastic Model”

Research Interests

Broadly: mathematical physiology

Specifically: stochastic simulation, cardiac function, and cell polarization

Fellowships and Awards

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (2018)

Outstanding Graduating Senior in Statistics Award (2018)

Sigma Xi (2017)

Barry M. Goldwater Scholars Honorable Mention (2017)

Mu Sigma Rho (2017)

American Statistical Association (2017)

MARC U*STAR Scholar (2016)

Golden Key International Honor Society (2016)

Pi Mu Epsilon (2015)

Meyerhoff Scholar (2014)

Honors College (2014)

Contact Information

Email: jashahir [AT] ad [DOT] unc [DOT] edu

Linkedin: https://www.linkediin.com/in/jamshaidshahir