"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 utilizes multiscale modeling to bridge atomistic and mesoscopic length scales in order 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.

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

Open positions in the Dias Lab.


  • Welcome to the lab Sandeepani (Sep. 2022).

  • Yanxing Yang is the newest Doctor on the block. Congrats, Yanxing (Sep. 2022) !!!

  • Brigita Urbanc presented a very informative seminar at NJIT. Thanks for accepting the invitation, Brigita.

  • Yanxing's paper just got published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience (Sep. 2022).

  • Zhaoqian just moved to the Data Science Institute at Vanderbilt University (Sep. 2022).

  • Sharareh's paper just got published !

  • Farbod is now starting a new chapter of his career at "Moderna". Have fun, Farbod ! (Oct. 2021).

  • Congratulations to Sharareh and Yanxing for passing their proposal defense (Aug. 2021)!

  • Yanxing's paper just made it to the main cover of ACS Chemical Neuroscience (June 2021).

  • Zhaoqian's paper with Saman Alavi just got published.

  • The Dias lab is presenting seminars/posters at MAS-APS 2020 (Dec. 2020).

  • Prof. Singh from Brooklyn college (CUNY) is spending some time in our group (Sep. 2020).

  • Yanxing had fun presenting a poster at the 34th Gibbs Conference (Oct. 2020) !

  • Our manuscript with Luis Cruz (Drexel University) made the cover of J. Chem. Phys. B (March 2020).

  • Lindsey was awarded a DAAD-Rise fellowship to spend the summer in Berlin (Germany).UPDATE: the program was cancelled this summer due to the covid-19 outbreak (February 2020).

  • Lindsey and Jivin received an URI-seed grant from NJIT to study fibril formation. Congrats ! (November 2019).

  • 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). 

Old News can be found HERE !




  • Biophysical Society Meeting - Feb. 18-23, 2022.

  • March Meeting of the American Physical Society - March 2022.

  • 35th Gibbs Conference - Sep. 25-28, 2021.

  • 34th Gibbs Conference  - Oct. 4-5, 2020.

  • 21th International Conference on Alzheimer's Drug Discovery - Oct. 5-6, 2020.

  • Biophysical Society Meeting - Feb. 15-19, 2020.

  • International Symposium on Pathomechanisms of Alzheimer's diseases - Dec. 18-20, 2019.

  • 20th International Conference on Alzheimer's Drug Discovery - Sep. 16-17, 2019