Robert H. Rice

Robert Rice

Position Title

Department of Environmental Toxicology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

4243 Meyer Hall

Profile Introduction

Keratinocyte differentiation, toxicity, and proteomics

Research Interests

Biochemistry and expression of specific markers in epidermal cells and appendages

Mechanisms of action of toxic and physiological agents affecting keratinocyte growth and differentiation

Applications of keratinocyte proteomics to disease analysis

Evolution of keratinocyte differentiation markers

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Forensic Science
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology

Specialties / Focus

  • Cellular Responses to Toxins and Stress
  • Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics
  • Molecular Medicine


  • ETX 278 Molecular Techniques, Winter
  • ETX 110 Toxic Tragedies (Winter, Summer)

Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Teaching Fellowship (Fall, 2000) Novosibirsk State University

    Professional Societies

    • AAAS


    • 1967 BS Physics Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • 1972 PhD Molecular Biology University of California, Berkeley


    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