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

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Recent Publications:

  • Phillips MA, Cánovas A, Islas-Trejo A, Medrano JF, Rice RH (2020) Deducing signaling pathways from parallel actions of arsenite and antimonite in human epidermal keratinocytes. Sci Rep 10:2890
  • Lin L-W, Denison MS, Rice RH (2021) Woodsmoke extracts cross-link proteins and induce cornified envelope formation without stimulating keratinocyte terminal differentiation. Toxicol Sci 183:128-138
  • Karim N, Lin L-W, Van Eenennaam JP, Fangue NA, Schreier AD, Phillips MA, Rice RH (2022) Epidermal cell cultures from white and green sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus and medirostris): expression of TGM1-like transglutaminases and CYP4501A. PLoS One 17(3):e0265218
  • Karim N, Mirmirani P, Durbin-Johnson BP, Rocke DM, Salemi M, Phinney BS, Rice RH (2023). Protein profiling of forehead and scalp epidermal corneocytes distinguishes frontal fibrosing from androgenetic alopecia. PLoS One 18(3):e0283619