Rice, Robert

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Email: rhrice@ucdavis.edu
Office: 4243 Meyer Hall
Phone: 530-752-5176


Mechanisms of action of toxic and physiological agents affecting keratinocyte growth and differentiation; biochemistry and expression of specific markers in epidermal cells and appendages; metabolic activation of toxic agents in keratinocytes.    Link to Expanded Version

Education and Experience:

  • S.B. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1963-1967 (Physics)
  • Ph.D.University of California, Berkeley 1967-1972 (Molecular Biology)
  • Postdoc, Depts Biochem/Biophysics and Food Science & Technology, UC Davis, 1972-75
  • Postdoc, Dept Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1975-79
  • Asst/Assoc Professor, Lab Toxicology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 1979-89
  • Professor, Dept Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Davis, CA 1990-present


  • ETX 110 - Toxic Tragedies and Their Impact on Society
  • ETX 128 – Food Toxicology

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Recent Publications:

  • Karim N, Phinney BS, Salemi M, Wu P-W, Naeem M, Rice RH (2019) Human corneocyte proteomics reveals cross-linking of a broad spectrum of proteins in cornified envelopes. Exp Dermatol 28:618-622
  • Chan LK, Nguyen KQ, Karim N, Yang Y, Rice RH, He G, Denison MS, Nguyen TB (2019) Relationship between the molecular composition, visible light absorption, and health-related properties of smoldering woodsmoke aerosols. Atmos Chem Phys 20:539-559
  • Plott TJ, Karim N, Durbin-Johnson BP, Swift DP, Youngquist RS, Salemi M, Phinney BS, Rocke DM, Davis MG, Parker GJ, Rice RH (2020) Age-related changes in hair shaft protein profiling and genetically variant peptides. For Sci Int Gen 47:102309
  • Phillips MA, Cánovas A, Islas-Trejo A, Medrano JF, Rice RH (2020) Parallel actions and signaling pathways of arsenite and antimonite in human epidermal keratinocytes. Sci Rep 10:2890

Links to Publications Supplementary Information:

Global alteration of gene expression in human keratinocytes by inorganic arsenic

Parallel responses of human epidermal keratinocytes to inorganic SbIII and AsIIl
Table S1. Proteomic results

Table S2. Results of next generation sequencing