Ron Hills


Ph.D., Biophysics, Scripps Research Institute, 2008
B.S., Summa Cum Laude, Biochemistry, Florida State University, 2003

Research Interests

Ron Hills is a tenured faculty in the Westbrook College of Health Professions. Since his initial appointment in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, he has taught a variety of courses in biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and data science. Dr. Hills’ research expertise is in multiscale computational modeling. His interests also include the role of lipids in chronic health and disease, which he incorporates in his teaching. Students working with Dr. Hills’ learn how to develop predictive computational models and perform meta-analyses of the current research literature. Prior to joining UNE, Dr. Hills was a National Institutes of Health Kirschstein Fellow at the University of Chicago and University of Utah, where he received his postdoctoral training in advanced multiscale modeling techniques.

Research Interests

Multiscale modeling and biomolecular simulation, Lipids and cell membrane dynamics, Multidrug resistance transport proteins

Post-doctoral Training

  • NIH Kirschstein Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2009-2010
  • University of Utah, 2008-2010

Selected Publications

  • White, A.M.B., H.R. Mishcon, J.L. Redwanski and R.D. Hills Jr. 2020. Statin treatment in specific patient groups: Role for improved cardiovascular risk markers. Journal of Clinical Medicine 9:3748.  Article
  • Hills Jr., R.D., B.A. Pontefract, H.R. Mishcon, C.A. Black, S.C. Sutton and C.R. Theberge. 2019. Gut microbiome: Profound implications for diet and disease. Nutrients 11:1613. 2020 Editor’s Choice, Article
  • Hills Jr., R.D. 2018. Refining amino acid hydrophobicity for dynamics simulation of membrane proteins. PeerJ 6:e4230.  Article
  • Fosso-Tande, J., C. Black, S.G. Aller, L. Lu and R.D. Hills Jr. 2017. Simulation of lipid-protein interactions with the CgProt force field. AIMS Molecular Science 4:352-69.  Article
  • Hills Jr., R.D. and N. McGlinchey. 2016. Model parameters for simulation of physiological lipids. Journal of Computational Chemistry 37:1112-18.  Article