Ronald Hills

Ron Hills, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Graduate Program Coordinator College of Pharmacy


College of Pharmacy Building 305
Portland Campus
On campus
Eligible for Student Opportunities

Ron Hills is a tenured faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of New England in Portland, Maine. Since joining the College of Pharmacy in 2010, he has taught courses in biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, computer programming, and pharmacology. Dr. Hills' research specialty is in computer modeling. His interests also include the role of nutrition in health and disease, which he incorporates in his teaching.

Students working in Dr. Hills' laboratory use computer simulation methods to study the molecular biophysics of membrane protein systems relevant to drugs and disease. Topics of focus include the role of lipid-protein interactions in cell function and acquired multidrug resistance associated with ABC transport proteins.



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

Post-Doctoral Training

Post-Doctoral Training, NIH Kirschstein Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2009-2010
University of Utah and University of Chicago (, )


Selected publications

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.  Article

Hills Jr., R.D. and E. Erpenbeck. 2018. Guide to popular diets, food choices, and their health outcome. Health Care Current Reviews 6:223.  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 Mol. Sci. 4:352-69.  Article

Hills Jr., R.D. and N. McGlinchey. 2016. Model parameters for simulation of physiological lipids. J. Comput. Chem. 37:1112-18. Featured on inside journal cover.  Article

Research interests

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

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