I am a Clay Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. I study the formation and evolution of galaxies. My dissertation research focused on the chemical evolution of star-forming galaxies. Currently, I am interested in understanding the growth and evolution of massive galaxies. Outside of astronomy I enjoy learning and thinking about philosophy. I also enjoy biking, surfing (which I don’t do much of now that I live in Boston), listening to and playing music and spending time with my friends and family.


I was invited to ThinkTech Hawaii with Jay Fidell to discuss my dissertation research and science in general. If you’re interested in watching the interview, check it out here!

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hzahid at cfa dot harvard dot edu

Center for Astrophysics

60 Garden Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

Office: P312

“The truth about the world, he said, is that anything is possible. Had you not seen it all from birth and thereby bled it of its strangeness it would appear to you for what it is, a hat trick in a medicine show, a fevered dream, a trance bepopulate with chimeras having neither analogue nor precedent, an itinerant carnival, a migratory tentshow whose ultimate destination after many a pitch in many a mudded field is unspeakable and calamitous beyond reckoning.


The universe is no narrow thing and the order within it is not constrained by any latitude in its conception to repeat what exists in one part in any other part. Even in this world more things exist without our knowledge than with it and the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze, so that you shall not lose your way. For existence has its own order and that no man's mind can compass, that mind itself being but a fact among others.”


- Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West