Ron Hills


Scripps Research Institute, 2009, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Our work involves the development and application of cutting edge multiscale simulation techniques to elucidate the role of lipid-protein interactions in membrane protein function.

9/1/15:  A postdoctoral position is currently available as part of a 3-year NSF RUI grant to simulate lipid-protein interactions in ABC transporters.

Selected Publications

  • 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 Mol. Sci. 4:352-69. Read Abstract
  • Hills Jr., R.D. and N. McGlinchey. 2016. Model parameters for simulation of physiological lipids. J. Comput. Chem. 37:1112-18. Read Abstract
  • Hills Jr., R.D. 2014. Balancing bond, nonbond and Gō-like terms in coarse grain simulations of conformational dynamics. Methods Mol. Biol. 1084:123-40. Read Abstract
  • Faller, C.E., K.A. Reilly, R.D. Hills Jr. and O. Guvench. 2013. Peptide backbone sampling convergence with the adaptive biasing force algorithm. Phys. Chem. 117 (2):518–526. Read Abstract
  • Ward, A.B., O. Guvench and R.D. Hills Jr. 2012. Coarse grain lipid-protein molecular interactions and diffusion with MsbA flippase. Proteins 80:2178-90. (Cover article). Read Abstract
  • Hills Jr., R.D., L. Lu and G.A. Voth. 2010. Multiscale coarse-graining of the protein energy landscape. PLoS Comput. Biol. 6:e1000827. Read Abstract


  • 2015 to 2018 — $374,885.00 — RUI: Multiscale models for ABC transporter molecular dynamics from National Science Foundation