The Team




Dr. Kirmizialtin received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Texas, Austin in 2007. Upon completion of his doctoral work Dr. Kirmizialtin joined Prof. Ron Elber’s group at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, UT-Austin where he continued his research, first, as a postdoctoral fellow and, later, as a research associate. 

From 2013 to 2015 Dr. Kirmizialtin worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratories as an Associate Research Scientist in Theoretical Biology and Biophysics. In 2015 Dr. Kirmizialtin joined the NYU, Abu Dhabi faculty as assistant professor in Chemistry .


Amit Srivastava, pHd

Dr. Srivastava has received his PhD from the Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, India. He has worked as a postdoctoral associate at the Dept. of Biotechnology Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; Dept. of Bioinformatics and Genomics Studies, University of North Carolina; Dept. of Computational and System Biology, University of Pittsburgh; and School of Computational Science, Korea Institute for Advance Study, Seoul.  He joined Kirmizialtin lab in March 2018 as a research scientist.

Dr. Srisvastava's work focuses on modeling the mechanical response of proteins using computer simulations.  His current research involves nucleic acid ion interactions and DNA condensation.  



Nawavi Naleem,phd

Dr. Nawavi Naleem received his BSc (Special) in Computational Chemistry from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Kansas State University, USA. He worked three years as a Software Engineer for “IFS”, a global enterprise software solution provider, before moving to the USA to pursue his graduate studies. 

His research interests are Force Field Development, Metadynamics, Neural Networks, Machine Learning, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence etc.



Diego Eduardo Kleiman

Diego is a Physics major and aCapStone student in Kirmizialtin lab. His research focuses on the mechanisms behind RNA folding in vivo.



Joe received his BS in Chemistry in NYU New York. He is currently a Chemistry Instructor for Analytical Chemistry and the Foundations of Science course sequence. His current research in the Kirmizialtin Group lies in the mechanism of enzyme fidelity in DNA Polymerase Beta. During his free time, he enjoys fencing, skateboarding, and learning new languages. 



Adrienne Chang, PhD student at Cornell University

Andrei Stoica, PhD student at Oxford University

Hadi Saleeh, Research Associate at New York University