"Those who prefer safety to freedom are slaves."

- Aristoteles -

Cristiano is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at NJIT where he runs the Dias lab in computational biophysics. The lab uses multiscale models that can bridge atomistic and mesoscopic length scales to provide a better understanding of biological systems and diseases. Enhanced sampling methods as well as brute force molecular dynamics simulations are used to study these systems. The lab also develops new simulation methods whenever needed.

Main research interests include: (i) the structure of amyloid proteins and their aggregation into oligomers and fibrils related to senile plaques in the brain of Alzheimer's patients, (ii) effects of small molecules on protein structure, (iii) allosteric effects in enzymes, and (iv) formation of methane clathrates at the atomic level.

Several of the research projects in the Dias lab are performed in collaboration with experimental and theoretical partners. Thus, do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in collaboration.

Open position for a PhD student.


  • Our first group member, Chitra Narayanan, just started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at New Jersey City University (September 2019).

  • Farbod started a post-doctoral position at NYU/flatiron institute (October 2019).

  • Yangxing Yang is a new PhD student in our group (Summer 2019).

  • Congratulations to the most recent PhD from the Department of Physics: Farbod Mahmoudinobar !!!! Good job, Farbod (September 2019).

  • Congratulations to Lindsey Riggs and Tiffany Olivera for presenting their research at NJIT's 2019 Summer Provost Symposium (August 2019). 

  • The group presented a seminar at CCNY (April 2019).

  • Farbod is giving an oral presentation at APS (March 2019).

  • The group gave a seminar at Rutgers-Newark (March 2019).

  • Sharareh Jalali joined our group (Sep. 2018).

  • Farbod presented a poster at BPS (Feb. 2018).

  • Zhaoqian and Gopal's paper got published in JCPB (Feb. 2018).

  • Congratulations to the new doctor on the block: Zhaoqian Su (Dec. 2017).

  • The group is on NJIT's weekly news ! Check HERE.

  • Zhaoqian is in the news HERE.



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