Richard Schneider, PhD

Richard Schneider, PhD

Richard Schneider, PhD

Associate Professor
Basic Science
Parnassus Heights - Schneider Lab



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


Grants & Awards

  • Mechanisms of Secondary Cartilage Induction and Maintenance in the Jaw
    July 5, 2016 - June 30, 2021
    NIH/NIDCR R01DE025668
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Macro Confocal Microscope System for Large-Scale Imaging in Basic and Translational Biology
    March 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017
    NIH S10OD021664
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • 9th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology: Jaw Development Symposium
    May 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011
    NIH/NIDCR R13DE021317
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • A New System to Study the Control of Epidermal Growth
    July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2009
    NIH/NIAMS R21AR052513
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Mesenchymal Regulation of Osteogenesis
    September 28, 2004 - May 31, 2020
    NIH/NIDCR R01DE016402
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • The Role of Neural Crest in Facial Patterning
    August 1, 2002 - July 31, 2005
    NIH/NIDCR R03DE014795
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Predoctoral Training in Developmental Biology
    July 1, 1994 - April 30, 2024
    NIH/NICHD T32HD007470
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator

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 Director of the Laboratory for Developmental and Evolutionary Skeletal Biology. He is also currently a Co-Director of the Embryology Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. 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 15 years, Rich has been vigorously engaged in issues related to scholarly communication and open access. He has spent multiple terms serving as Chair on both the UCSF (COLASC) and the UC System-wide Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) 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 create a UC System-wide Open Access Policy in 2013 and a Presidential Open Access Policy in 2015. Rich also led the effort for UCSF to become a signatory to the international OA2020 Initiative, and he spearheaded the effort by UCOLASC to devise and endorse a "Declaration of Rights and Principles to Transform Scholarly Communication" to make scholarly communication more open, fair, transparent, and sustainable when applied by UC during license negotiations with journal publishers. Most recently, he has been representing the UC faculty on the team that is negotiating transformative agreements with journal publishers and he has been deeply involved in outreach to faculty.

Awards Honors

  • Mentor of the Year
    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
    Young Investigator Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2006
    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • 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
  • New Investigator Recognition Award
    New Investigator Recognition Award, Orthopaedic Research Society, 2004
    Orthopaedic Research Society
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dissertation Improvement Grant
    1997 - 1998
    Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, 1997-1998
    National Science Foundation

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