Richard Schneider, PhD

Richard Schneider, PhD

Professor
Basic Science
Parnassus Heights - Schneider Lab
 

Publications

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
  • Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award
    2004
    Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, 2004-2006
    March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
  • New Investigator Recognition Award
    2004
    New Investigator Recognition Award, Orthopaedic Research Society, 2004
    Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Academic Senate Individual Investigator Award
    2002
    Academic Senate Individual Investigator Award, University of California at San Francisco, 2002-2003
    University of California at San Francisco
  • Research Evaluation and Allocation Committee Award
    2002
    Research Evaluation and Allocation Committee Award, University of California at San Francisco, 2002-2003
    University of California at San Francisco
  • Dissertation Improvement Grant
    1997
    Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, 1997-1998
    National Science Foundation
  • Presidential Letter of Commendation for University Service
    2020
    Presidential Letter of Commendation for University Service, Office of the President, University of California, 2020
    Office of the President, University of California

Grants & Awards

  • Predoctoral Training in Developmental Biology
    1994-07-01 - 2024-04-30
    NIH T32HD007470
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Mechanisms of Secondary Cartilage Induction and Maintenance in the Jaw
    2016-07-05 - 2021-06-30
    NIH R01DE025668
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Macro Confocal Microscope System for Large-Scale Imaging in Basic and Translational Biology
    2016-03-01 - 2019-02-28
    NIH S10OD021664
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • 9th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology: Jaw Development Symposium
    2010-05-01 - 2011-04-30
    NIH R13DE021317
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • A New System to Study the Control of Epidermal Growth
    2006-07-01 - 2009-06-30
    NIH R21AR052513
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • The Role of Neural Crest in Facial Patterning
    2002-08-01 - 2005-07-31
    NIH R03DE014795
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Mesenchymal Regulation of Osteogenesis
    2004-09-28 - 2027-03-31
    NIH R01DE016402
    Role: Principal Investigator

Education

Certificate UC San Francisco 2019
Postdoctoral Fellowship UC San Francisco 2001
Student Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 1998
PhD Duke University 1998
Student Marine Biological Laboratory 1995
MSc Duke University 1994
BA Hampshire College 1991
Internship National Museum of Natural History 1990

About Richard Schneider, PhD

Rich graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA in 1991. Following an internship at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Rich published his first paper, which was on the development and evolution of the skull in wild canids and domestic dogs. He received his Master's Degree in 1994 and his Doctoral Degree in 1998 from Duke University in Durham, NC. 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, MA, and at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, NY. 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 and he is currently Director of the Laboratory for Developmental and Evolutionary Skeletal Biology. He was a founder and a Director of the Graduate Program in Developmental & Stem Cell Biology (DSCB) at UCSF from 2009 to 2013, and he also served as a Director of the Embryology Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA from 2015 to 2019.

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 involves exchanging stem cells that give rise to craniofacial structures 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 17 years, Rich has been vigorously engaged in issues related to scholarly communication, academic publishing, and open access (OA). He has spent multiple terms serving as Chair of both the UCSF and the UC System-wide Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) of the Academic Senate, and he led the effort to create and unanimously pass an OA Policy for UCSF faculty in 2012. In addition, he helped draft a UC System-wide OA Policy in 2013 and a Presidential OA Policy in 2015. Rich also spearheaded the effort by UCSF to become a signatory to the OA2020 initiative, and he galvanized the Academic Senate to endorse a "Declaration of Rights and Principles to Transform Scholarly Communication," which he devised as Chair of UCOLASC in order to make scholarly communication more open, fair, transparent, and sustainable when applied by UC during license negotiations with journal publishers. Most recently, Rich has been serving on the UC team that is negotiating transformative agreements with publishers and he has been deeply involved in outreach to faculty.