Dr. Dias joined the Physics department at NJIT as an Assistant Professor in September 2012. Previously, he held a Fellowship from the Volkswagen foundation at Freie Universitat Berlin.
The focus of his research is in understanding fundamental problems in molecular Bio-Physics using large scale computer simulations. He is working towards understanding molecular mechanisms accounting for protein function, stability, and aggregation. These efforts are of paramount importance for the design of new drugs, to treat diseases that result from misfolding and/or aggregation, and to understand biological and cellular functions at the molecular level.
The focus of Dr. Dias’s research is in theoretical and computational Bio-Physics. His group carries simulations of equilibrium and non-equilibrium phenomena using all-atom and statistical mechanics models to understand emerging phenomena in molecular Bio-Physics. Dr. Dias seeks to decipher microscopic mechanisms accounting for protein stability and for the formation of secondary structure in peptides, to understand the role of water in the energetics and conformations of proteins, and to unravel how proteins interact with each other. These efforts are of paramount importance for the design of new drugs, to treat diseases that result from misfolding and/or aggregation, and to understand biological and cellular functions at the molecular level.
Cristiano L. Dias. Unifying microscopic mechanism for pressure and cold denaturations of proteins, Physical Review letter 109, 048104 (2012).
Cristiano L. Dias, Mikko Karttunen and Hue Sun Chan. Hydrophobic interactions in the formation of secondary structures in small peptides, Physical Review E 84, 041931 (2011).
Teemu Hynninen, Vili Heinonen, Cristiano L. Dias, Mikko Karttunen, Adam S. Foster and Tapio Ala-Nissila. Cutting Ice: Nanowire Regelation, Physical Review Letters 105, 086102 (2010).
Jirasak Wong-Ekkabut, M. Miettinen, Cristiano L. Dias and Mikko Kartunnen. Static charges cannot drive a continuous flow of water molecules through a carbon nanotube, Nature Nanotechnology5, 555 (2010).
Cristiano L. Dias, Tapio Ala-Nissila, Martin Grant and Mikko Karttunen. Three-dimensional "Mercedes-Benz" model for water.Journal of Chemical Physics 131, 054505, 2009.
Cristiano L. Dias, Tapio Ala-Nissila, Mikko Karttunen, Ilpo Vattulainen, and Martin Grant.Microscopic mechanism for cold denaturation.Physical Review Letters100, 118101, 2008.
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