Richard Schneider, PhD

Richard Schneider, PhD

Richard Schneider, PhD

Associate Professor
Basic Science

Education


PhD Duke University 1998
MSc Duke University 1994
BA Hampshire College 1991

Publications

Grants & Awards

  • 2017, Macro Confocal Microscope System for Large-Scale Imaging in Basic and Translational Biology, S10OD021664

Membership & Committees

About Richard Schneider, PhD

Dr. Rich Schneider grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey. He graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1991. Following an undergraduate internship at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Rich published his first paper, which was on the development and evolution of the skull in wolves and domestic dogs. He received his Master's Degree in 1994 and his Doctoral Degree in 1998 from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Both of his graduate thesis projects focused on skeletal development and evolution in birds and mammals. Rich also studied embryology at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, New York. For his Postdoctoral work at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), Rich investigated molecular mechanisms that pattern the craniofacial skeleton. In 2001, Rich joined the faculty of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF. Rich is currently the Director of the Laboratory for Developmental and Evolutionary Skeletal Biology.

Rich's research has been focused on understanding how individual components of the craniofacial complex achieve their proper size, shape, and functional integration during development and evolution. To address this question, Rich has created a surgical transplantation system that involves two distinct species of birds (quail and duck), which differ considerably in their growth rates and anatomy. The experimental approach is straightforward: stem cells that give rise to craniofacial structures are exchanged between quail and duck embryos. This causes faster developing quail cells and relatively slower maturing duck cells to interact with one another continuously within chimeric "quck" and "duail" embryos. Also, chimeras are challenged to integrate species-specific differences in size and shape between the donor and host. By looking for donor-induced changes to the formation of bone, cartilage, muscle, tendon, nerves, and other tissues, Rich has been able to identify molecular and cellular mechanisms that pattern the craniofacial complex. A goal is to devise novel therapies for regenerating tissues affected by birth defects, disease, and trauma. Rich's work has also helped elucidate the role of development in evolution.

For more than a decade, Rich has also have been vigorously engaged in issues related to scholarly communications and open access. He served as Chair on both the UCSF (COLASC) and the UC System-wide (UCOLASC) library committees of the Academic Senate, and he led the effort to develop and pass an Open Access Policy for UCSF Faculty in 2012. In addition, he helped develop a UC System-wide Open Access Policy in 2013 and served on a Presidential Task Force to expand the Open Access Policy to the entire UC System, which was implemented in 2015.

Awards Honors

  • Mentor of the Year
    2016
    Mentor of the Year, School of Dentistry, University of California at San Francisco, 2016
    School of Dentistry, University of California at San Francisco
  • Young Investigator Award
    2006
    Young Investigator Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2006
    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • New Investigator Recognition Award
    2004
    New Investigator Recognition Award, Orthopaedic Research Society, 2004
    Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award
    2004 - 2006
    Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, 2004-2006
    March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
  • Research Evaluation and Allocation Committee Award
    2002 - 2003
    Research Evaluation and Allocation Committee Award, University of California at San Francisco, 2002-2003
    University of California at San Francisco
  • Academic Senate Individual Investigator Award
    2002 - 2003
    Academic Senate Individual Investigator Award, University of California at San Francisco, 2002-2003
    University of California at San Francisco
  • Dissertation Improvement Grant
    1997 - 1998
    Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, 1997-1998
    National Science Foundation

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