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Christopher Roland



Professor Roland received his PhD in Physics in 1989 from McGill University. He then spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and at the AT&T Bell Laboratories Murray Hill facility. He joined NC State as an Assistant Professor in 1993, became an Associate Professor in 1998, and Professor in 2002. He is currently a member of the Center for High Performance Simulations (ChiPS).

Prof. Roland's research interests have been centered primarily in the area of theoretical Condensed Matter Physics. His initial work focused on understanding dynamics and growth phenomena in a variety of material systems, such as the kinetics of first order phase transitions, homoepitaxy of semiconductors, and the growth of carbon nanotubes.

More recently, research has focused on understanding quantum transport in molecular electronic systems for nanoscale applications and understanding select biomolecular systems. The work has a strong computational bend to it, employing a variety of numerical techniques aimed at understanding physical phenomena over different length and time scales.

Select Publications

Y. Zhang, C. Roland, C. Sagui, "Structure and dynamics of DNA and RNA double helices obtained from the GGGGCC and CCCCGG hexanucleotide repeats that are the hallmark of C9FTD/ALS diseases.",ACS Chemical Neuroscience 8, 3, 578-591 (2017).

V. H. Man, N. T. Van-Oanh, P. Derreumaux, M. S. Li, C. Roland, C. Sagui, P. H. Nguyen, "Picosecond infrared laser-induced all-atom nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulation of dissociation of viruses.",Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 18, 17, 11951-11958 (2016).

V. H. Man, F. Pan, C. Sagui, C. Roland, "Comparative melting and healing of B-DNA and Z-DNA by an infrared laser pulse.",Journal of Chemical Physics 144, 14, 145101 (2016).

M. H. Viet, P. M. Truong, P. Derreumaux, M. S. Li, C. Roland, C. Sagui, P. H. Nguyen, "Picosecond melting of peptide nanotubes using an infrared laser: A nonequilibrium simulation study.",Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 17, 41, 27275-27280. (2015).

F. Pan, C. Roland, and C. Sagui, "Ion Distributions Around Left- and Right- handed DNA and RNA duplexes: a comparative study",Nucleic Acids Research (2014).

M. Moradi, C. Sagui, and C. Roland, "Investigating Rare Events with Non-equilibrium Work Measurements. II. Transition and Reaction Rates", J. Chem. Phys. 140, 034115 (2014).

M. Moradi, V. Babin, C. Roland, and C. Sagui. "Reaction path ensemble of the B-Z DNA transition: a comprehensive atomistic study", Nucleic Acids Res., 41, 33 (2013).

M. Moradi, V. Babin, C. Roland, and C. Sagui "Are Long-range Structural Correlations Behind The Aggregation Phenomena of Polyglutamine Diseases?", PPLOS Comput. Biol. 8, e1002501 (2012).

M. Moradi, V. Babin, C. Sagui, and C. Roland, "A Statistical Analysis of the PPII Propensity of Amino Acid Guests in Proline-rich Peptides", Biophysical Journal 100, 1083 (2011).

J.G. Lee, C. Sagui, and C. Roland "Dimerization Free Energy of Vancomycin-group Antibiotics and the Cooperative Effect: a Density Functional Approach", Inter. Journ. Quantum Chem. 110, 2894 (2010)

M. Moradi, V. Babin, C. Roland, T. Darden, and C. Sagui, "Conformations and Free Energy Landscapes of Polyproline Peptides", Proc. Nat. Acad. Science USA 106, 20746 (2009).

V. Babin, C. Roland, T. Darden, and C. Sagui, "Adaptively Biased Molecular Dynamics for Free Energy Calculations", J. Chem. Phys. 128, 134101 (2008).

Honors & Awards

  • He received an NSF CAREER award in 1995.
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society