Serdal Kirmizialtin received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Texas, Austin in 2007. Upon completion of his doctoral work, Kirmizialtin joined Professor 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, he worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratories as an Associate Research Scientist in Theoretical Biology and Biophysics. In 2015, Kirmizialtin joined the New York University Abu Dhabi faculty in the Program of Chemistry.
Kirmizialtin’s research has a strong cross-disciplinary approach and draws upon insights from physical chemistry, computational science, soft matter, enzyme actions, and biological machinery of information processing. Using theory and computer simulations, Kirmizialtin’s studies investigate how physical and chemical principles can be applied to understand, predict, and manipulate the behavior of biological macromolecules.