Robert Rice

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Environmental Toxicology

Offices and Labs

4243 Meyer Hall

Profile Introduction

Keratinocyte differentiation, toxicity and proteomics


1972 PhD Molecular Biology University of California, Berkeley
1967 BS Physics Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

Biochemistry and expression of specific markers in epidermal cells and appendages

Mechanisms of action of toxic and physiological agents affecting keratinocyte growth and differentiation

Applications of keratinocyte proteomics to disease analysis

Evolution of keratinocyte differentiation markers


Fulbright Teaching Fellowship (Fall, 2000) Novosibirsk State University

Department and Center Affiliations

Department of Environmental Toxicology



CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Specialties / Focus

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Cellular Responses to Toxins and Stress
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Forensic Science
Pharmacology & Toxicology

Teaching Interests

Molecular basis of cell differentiation and its perturbation by toxic agents.


ETX 278 Molecular Techniques (Winter)
ETX 110 Toxic Tragedies (Winter, Summer)


10/19/2017 10:06:06 AM
  • Phillips MA, Cánovas A, Wu P-W, Islas-Trejo A, Medrano JF, Rice RH (2016) Parallel responses of human epidermal keratinocytes to inorganic SbIII and AsIII.  Environ Chem 13:963-970

  • Rice RH, Durbin-Johnson BP, Ishitsuka YI, Salemi M, Phinney BS, Rocke DM, Roop DR (2016) Proteomic analysis of loricrin knockout mouse epidermis. J Proteome Res 15:2560-2566

  • Rodriguez Cruz SI, Phillips MA, Kültz D, Rice RH (2017) Tgm1-like transglutaminases in Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus). PLoS One 12(5): e0177016

  • Wu P-W, Mason KE, Durbin-Johnson BP, Salemi M, Phinney BS, Rocke DM, Parker GJ, Rice RH (2017) Proteomic analysis of hair shafts from monozygotic twins: Expression profiles and genetically variant peptides. Proteomics 17, 13–14, 2017, 1600462

  • Rice RH, Durbin-Johnson BP, Salemi M, Schwartz ME, Rocke DM, Phinney BS (2017) Proteomic profiling of Pachyonychia congenita plantar callus. J Proteomics 165: 132–137

  • Hill T, Rice RH (2018) DUOX expression in human keratinocytes and bronchial epithelial cells: Influence of vanadate. Toxicol in Vitro 46:257-264