Richard Tucker

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Professor of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy


Cell Biology & Human Anatomy

Offices and Labs

3414 Tupper Hall
530 752-0238


1986 PhD Zoology University of California, Davis
1981 BPhil Interdisciplinary Study Miami University Western College
1980 BA Zoology Miami University

Research Interests

Extracellular matrix and cell-cell interactions during development

We study the roles of the extracellular matrix during development, especially how tenascins and thrombospondins influence cell motility, proliferation and differentiation.


Gian Tondury Prize (Swiss Society for Anatomy, Histology and Embryology) 1989

Department and Center Affiliations

Cell Biology and Human Anatomy


American Society for Cell Biology
Society for Developmental Biology
American Association of Anatomists
Histochemical Society

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Specialties / Focus

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Differentiation, Morphogenesis and Wound Healing


3441 Tupper Hall

Teaching Interests

Human anatomy, Cellular basis of morphogenesis


CHA 200 Graduate Human Anatomy (Winter)
CHA 400 Radiologic, Gross and Developmental Anatomy (Summer II and Fall)
BCB 213 Developmental Biology (Winter)


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  • 2015 Tucker, R.P. and R. Chiquet-Ehrismann. Tenascin-C: Its functions as an integrin ligand. International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology 65:165-168.

  • 2014 Adams, J.C., R. Chiquet-Ehrismann and R.P. Tucker. The evolution of tenascins and fibronectin. Cell Adhesion and Migration 9:1-12.

  • 2014 Gong, Q., K. Garvey, C. Qian, I. Yin, G. Wong and R.P. Tucker. The integrins of the starlet sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. Biological Bulletin 227:211-220.

  • 2014 Hendaoui, I., R.P. Tucker, D. Zingg, S. Bichet, J. Schittny and R. Chiquet-Ehrismann. Tenascin-C is required for normal Wnt/β-catenin signaling in the whisker follicle stem cell niche. Matrix Biology 40:46-53.

  • 2014 Chiquet-Ehrismann, R., G. Orend, M. Chiquet, R.P. Tucker and K.S. Midwood. Tenascins in stem cell niches. Matrix Biology 37:112-123. 

  • 2014 Tucker, R.P. and J.C. Adams. Adhesion networks of cnidarians: A post-genomic view. International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology 308:323-377.

  • 2013 Tucker, R.P., J. Ferralli, J.C. Schittny and R. Chiquet-Ehrismann. Tenascin-C and tenascin-W in whisker follicle stem cell niches: possible roles in regulating stem cell proliferation and migration. Journal of Cell Science 126:5111-5115.

  • 2013 Tucker, R.P., J.F. Hess, Q. Gong, K. Garvey, B. Shibata and J.C. Adams. A thrombospondin in the anthozoan Nematostella vectensis is associated with the nervous system and upregulated during regeneration. Biology Open 2:217-226.

  • 2013 Tucker, R.P. Horizontal gene transfer in choanoflagellates. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 320:1-9.

  • 2012 Tucker, R.P., J. Beckmann, N.T. Leachman, J. Schöler and R. Chiquet-Ehrismann. Phylogenetic analysis of the teneurins: conserved features and premetazoan ancestry. Molecular Biology and Evolution 29:1019-1029.

  • 2012 Brellier, F., E. Martina, M. Chiquet, J. Ferralli, M. van der Heyden, G. Orend, J.C. Schittny, R. Chiquet-Ehrismann and R.P. Tucker. The adhesion modulating properties of tenascin-W. International Journal of Biological Sciences 8:187-194.

  • 2012 Chiquet-Ehrismann, R. and R.P. Tucker. Tenascins and the importance of adhesion modulation. In: Cold Spring Harbor Perspective in Biology: Extracellular Matrix Biology, R.O. Hynes and K. Yamada (eds.), Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Cold Spring Harbor, NY. pp. 129-147.