Alan Hicks

Postdoctoral Research Associate

[email protected]


PhD, Physics (Biophysics), Florida State University 2014-2020
B.Sc., Physics, Purdue University, 2010-2014
B.Sc., Mathematics, Purdue University, 2010-2014


Research Interests

  • Molecular dynamics simulations of biomolecular systems to understand structure-dynamics to function relationships, specifically in intrinsically disordered proteins.
  • Developing physical/AI/ML models, data analysis tools and integrative workflows for efficient and accurate comparison to experimental results from neutron scattering.



SCOMAP-XD: Atomistic Deuterium Contrast Matching for Small-Angle Neutron Scat- tering in Biology
Hicks A, Abraham P, Leite W, Zhang Q, Weiss K.L., O’Neill H, Petridis L, Smith J.C. ACTA Crys- tallograhica Section D Structural Biology, 79(5), 420 (2023) DOI: 10.1107/S2059798323002899

Removing Thermostat Distortions of Protein Dynamics in Constant-Temperature Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Hicks A, MacAinsh M, Zhou HX. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, 17, 5920 (2021) DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.1c00448

Fuzzy Association of an Intrinsically Disordered Protein with Acidic Membranes Hicks A, Escobar C, Cross TA, Zhou HX. JACS Au, 1, 66 (2021) DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.0c00039

Sequence-dependent Correlated Segments in the Intrinsically Disordered Region of ChiZ Hicks A, Escobar C, Cross TA, Zhou HX. Biomolecules, 10, 946 (2020). DOI: 10.3390/biom10060946

Temperature-induced Collapse of a Disordered Peptide Observed by Three Sampling Methods in Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Hicks A, Zhou HX. Journal of Chemical Physics, 149, 072313 (2018). DOI: 10.1063/1.5027409