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Richard A. Schneider PhD
BiographyRich Schneider was raised in Maplewood, New Jersey. He graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1991. As an undergraduate, he published his first paper, which was on skull evolution among domestic dogs and wild canids, following an Internship at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He then 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. Dr. Schneider also studied at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, New York. For his Post-doctoral fellowship, Dr. Schneider was sponsored by a NIH/NIDCR training grant at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) beginning in 1998. His Postdoctoral work investigated the molecular and cellular biology of the craniofacial skeleton. In 2001, Dr. Schneider joined the faculty of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF, and in 2004 he was made Director of the Developmental and Evolutionary Skeletal Biology Laboratory on the Parnassus Heights campus.
- 1/95-8/98: Instructor, Department of Zoology, Duke University, Durham, NC.
- 7/01-5/03: Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF.
- 6/03-6/04: Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF.
- 7/04-6/09: Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF.
- 7/04-Present: Director, Molecular & Cell Biology Lab, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF.
- 7/07-6/09: Assistant Professor, Department of Cell & Tissue Biology, UCSF.
- 10/08-6/09: Assistant Professor, Department of Orofacial Sciencesy, UCSF.
- 7/09-present: Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF.
- 7/09-present: Associate Professor, Department of Cell & Tissue Biology, UCSF.
- 7/09-present: Associate Professor, Department of Orofacial Sciences, UCSF.
- 8/87-5/91: B.A., Liberal Arts, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.
- 6/90-8/90: Internship, Vertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
- 8/91-5/94: M.Sc., Zoology, Duke University, Durham, NC.
- 6/94-5/98: Ph.D., Zoology, Duke University, Durham, NC.
- 6/95-7/95: Embryology Course, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.
- 6/98: Molecular Embryology of the Mouse, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
- 8/98-6/01: Postdoctoral Fellow, Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Growth & Development, UCSF.
ResearchDr. Schneider's current research program focuses on molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying development of the musculoskeletal system. He and his lab have developed an avian chimeric transplantation system to exploit the divergent maturation rates and distinct species-specific anatomies of quail and duck. Specifically, his lab has been exchanging mesenchymal stem cells between quail and duck embryos, which challenges resultant chimeras to assimilate donor versus host-specific differences in growth and morphology. Using this approach, his lab has been identifying genes and signaling interactions that regulate the timing of musculoskeletal tissue differentiation, control size and shape, and which ultimately enable cartilage, bone, and muscle to achieve structural and functional integration. A goal of Dr. Schneider's research is to devise molecular-based therapies for inducing repair and regeneration of musculoskeletal tissues affected by congenital defects, disease, and trauma.
Grants and AwardsCTSI/
- 1990: Internship Stipend Award. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
- 1991: Threshold Grant. Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.
- 1995: Tuition and Stipend Award. Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.
- 1997-1998: Dissertation Improvement Grant. National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
- 1998: Tuition and Stipend Award. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY.
- 1998-2001: Training Grant in Craniofacial Anomalies. NIH/NIDCR.
- 2002-2003: Research Evaluation and Allocation Committee Grant. School of Medicine, UCSF.
- 2002-2005: R03 (Principal Investigator), "The Role of Neural Crest in Facial Patterning." NIH/NIDCR.
- 2002-2003: Academic Senate Individual Investigator Award. UCSF.
- 2004: New Investigator Recognition Award, Best Poster. 50th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society.
- 2004-2006: Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Award. March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.
- 2004-2010: R01 (Principal Investigator), "Temporal Regulation of Cranial Skeletogenesis." NIH/NIDCR.
- 2005-2010: R01 (Co-Investigator), "Intervertebral Disc Repair with Mesenchymal Stem Cells." NIH/NIAMS.
- 2006-2009: R21 (Principal Investigator), "A New System to Study the Control of Epidermal Growth." NIH/NIAMS.
- 2006: Young Investigator Award, Developmental Biology in Orthopaedics Research Symposium, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- 2008-2009: Disease Team Planning Award (Co?Investigator), "A CIRM Disease Team for the Regeneration of Cartilage Following Trauma and Arthritis." California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).
- 2010-2019: R01 (Principal Investigator), "Mesenchymal Regulation of Osteogenesis." NIH/NIDCR.
Membership & Committees
- 1994-Present: International Society of Vertebrate Morphologists.
- 1996-Present: Society for Developmental Biology.
- 1996-Present: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
- 1998-Present: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
- 2002-Present: American Association for the Advancement of Science.
- 2003-Present: Orthopaedic Research Society.
- 2003-Present: Program in Craniofacial and Mesenchymal Biology (CMB), UCSF.
- 2003-Present: Fundraising and Alumni Relations Committee, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF.
- 2004-Present: Society of Craniofacial Genetics.
- 2004-Present: Research Committee, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF.
- 2004-Present: Committee on Library, Academic Senate, UCSF.
- 2005-Present: Oral and Craniofacial Sciences (OCS) Graduate Program Faculty Group, UCSF.
- 2005-Present: System-Wide University Committee on Library (UCOL), Academic Senate, University of California.
- 2005-Present: Human Embryonic Stem Cell Biology (hESC) Program, UCSF.
- 2005-Present: Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Program, UCSF.
- 2005-Present: Faculty Development Committee, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF.
- 2005-Present: Communications Committee, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF.
- 2006-Present: Tetrad Program in Developmental Biology (Program in Biological Sciences (PIBS)), UCSF.
- 2006-Present: European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology.
- 2008-Present: American Association of Anatomists.
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