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 278 - Molecular Techniques

Campus Memberships:

Recent Publications:

  • 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

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