Shahan is a Ph.D. student at the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. His research interests are focused on the design, development, and implementation of public health surveillance technologies. Shahan has been awarded the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Doctoral Scholarship for his research.

Outside academia, he is passionate about social justice causes and sports (a self-proclaimed sportsaholic). You can find him tweeting at @shahanigans