Ronald Hills

Ron Hills, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration


Pharmacy Building, Rm 305
Eligible for Student Opportunities

Ron Hills is a tenured faculty in the Westbrook College of Health Professions. Since his initial appointment in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Administration, he has taught courses in biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, evidence-based medicine, biostatistics, and/or data science. Dr. Hills' scientific training was in biochemistry and multiscale computational modeling. After spending a decade in the School of Pharmacy, his scholarly interests evolved to include the role of lipids and nutraceuticals in chronic health and disease. In his teaching Dr. Hills strives to illustrate the power of integrative medicine for optimizing health outcomes. 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 Research Fellow at the University of Utah.

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


Cardiovascular disease
Medicinal chemistry
Protein structure and function
Scientific computing
Team-based learning

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. 2021 Best Paper Award, 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

Research interests

Lipids and nutraceuticals
Lipid-protein interactions
Multiscale modeling