Prof. Roland received his PhD in Physics in 1989 from McGill University, Canada. He then spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, and then at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He joined Physics Department at NC State in 1993 as an Assistant Professor, and has been there ever since. He became an Associate Professor in 1998 and a full Professor in 2002.
Area(s) of Expertise
Prof. Roland’s research interest have been centered primarily in the area of theoretical Condensed Matter Physics and Biophysics. His initial work focused on understanding dynamics and growth phenomena in a variety of materials systems, such as the kinetics of first order phase transitions, homoepitaxy of semiconductors, and the growth of carbon nanotubes. Subsequent research focused on understanding quantum transport in molecular electronic systems for nanoscale applications and development of free energy methods for biomolecular systems. His most recent work is aimed at understanding atypical DNA and RNA structures – particular those associated with Trinucleotide Repeat Expansion Diseases (TREDs) which are behind many severe neurodegenerative and neuromuscular disorders.
- Molecular conformations and dynamics of nucleotide repeats associated with neurodegenerative diseases: double helices and CAG hairpin loops , COMPUTATIONAL AND STRUCTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY JOURNAL (2021)
- The F19W mutation reduces the binding affinity of the transmembrane A beta(11-40) trimer to the membrane bilayer , RSC ADVANCES (2021)
- Atypical structures of GAA/TTC trinucleotide repeats underlying Friedreich's ataxia: DNA triplexes and RNA/DNA hybrids , NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH (2020)
- E-motif formed by extrahelical cytosine bases in DNA homoduplexes of trinucleotide and hexanucleotide repeats , Nucleic Acids Research (2018)
- Structural and dynamical characterization of DNA and RNA quadruplexes obtained from the GGGGCC and GGGCCT hexanucleotide repeats associated with C9FTD/ALS and SCA36 diseases , ACS Chemical Neuroscience (2018)
- Structure and dynamics of DNA and RNA double helices obtained from the CCG and GGC trinucleotide repeats , Journal of Physical Chemistry. B, Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces & Biophysical (2018)
- 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 (2017)
- Structure and dynamics of DNA and RNA double helices of CAG and GAC trinucleotide repeats , Biophysical Journal (2017)
- Amyloid Properties of Asparagine and Glutamine in Prion-like Proteins , ACS Chemical Neuroscience (2016)
- Comparative melting and healing of B-DNA and Z-DNA by an infrared laser pulse , Journal of Chemical Physics (2016)