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    Richard Schneider, PhD

    TitleAssociate Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    DepartmentOrthopaedic Surgery
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      Hampshire CollegeBANatural Sciences1991
      Duke UniversityMScZoology1994
      Duke UniversityPhDZoology1998

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      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.

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      evolutionary developmental biology, craniofacial development and evolution, neural crest cells, musculoskeletal patterning, epithelial-mesenchymal interactions, osteogenesis, chondrogenesis, gene expression, comparative embryology, form and function, size and shape, vertebrate morphogenesis, craniofacial birth defects, open access policies and publishing

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      1. Schneider RA. Regulation of Jaw Length During Development, Disease, and Evolution. Curr Top Dev Biol. 2015; 115:271-98.
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      2. Ealba EL, Jheon AH, Hall J, Curantz C, Butcher KD, Schneider RA. Neural crest-mediated bone resorption is a determinant of species-specific jaw length. Dev Biol. 2015 Oct 5.
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      3. Parchem RJ, Moore N, Fish JL, Parchem JG, Braga TT, Shenoy A, Oldham MC, Rubenstein JL, Schneider RA, Blelloch R. miR-302 Is Required for Timing of Neural Differentiation, Neural Tube Closure, and Embryonic Viability. Cell Rep. 2015 Aug 4; 12(5):760-73.
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      4. Smith FJ, Percival CJ, Young NM, Hu D, Schneider RA, Marcucio RS, Hallgrimsson B. Divergence of craniofacial developmental trajectories among avian embryos. Dev Dyn. 2015 Feb 19.
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      5. Fish JL, Schneider RA. Assessing species-specific contributions to craniofacial development using quail-duck chimeras. J Vis Exp. 2014; (87).
        View in: PubMed PMC4182100
      6. Young NM, Hu D, Lainoff AJ, Smith FJ, Diaz R, Tucker AS, Trainor PA, Schneider RA, Hallgrímsson B, Marcucio RS. Embryonic bauplans and the developmental origins of facial diversity and constraint. Development. 2014 Mar; 141(5):1059-63.
        View in: PubMed PMC3929406
      7. Fish JL, Sklar RS, Woronowicz KC, Schneider RA. Multiple developmental mechanisms regulate species-specific jaw size. Development. 2014 Feb; 141(3):674-84.
        View in: PubMed PMC3899819
      8. Fish J, Schneider RA. Neural Crest Cells: Evolution, Development and Disease. P. Trainor (editor). Neural Crest-Mediated Tissue Interactions During Craniofacial Development: The Origins of Species-Specific Pattern. 2014; Chapter 6:101-124.
      9. Hall J, Jheon AH, Ealba EL, Eames BF, Butcher KD, Mak SS, Ladher R, Alliston T, Schneider RA. Evolution of a developmental mechanism: Species-specific regulation of the cell cycle and the timing of events during craniofacial osteogenesis. Dev Biol. 2014 Jan 15; 385(2):380-95.
        View in: PubMed PMC3953612
      10. Ealba EL, Schneider RA. A simple PCR-based strategy for estimating species-specific contributions in chimeras and xenografts. Development. 2013 Jul; 140(14):3062-8.
        View in: PubMed PMC3699287
      11. Schneider RA. Reshaping Scholarly Communication: Why Faculty are Adopting Institutional Open-Access Policies. Science Editor. 2013; 36(1):20.
      12. Allon AA, Butcher K, Schneider RA, Lotz JC. Structured bilaminar coculture outperforms stem cells and disc cells in a simulated degenerate disc environment. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012 May 1; 37(10):813-8.
        View in: PubMed PMC3340449
      13. Allon AA, Butcher K, Schneider RA, Lotz JC. Structured coculture of mesenchymal stem cells and disc cells enhances differentiation and proliferation. Cells Tissues Organs. 2012; 196(2):99-106.
        View in: PubMed PMC3641838
      14. Cooke ME, Allon AA, Cheng T, Kuo AC, Kim HT, Vail TP, Marcucio RS, Schneider RA, Lotz JC, Alliston T. Structured three-dimensional co-culture of mesenchymal stem cells with chondrocytes promotes chondrogenic differentiation without hypertrophy. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2011 Oct; 19(10):1210-8.
        View in: PubMed PMC3188316
      15. Mitgutsch C, Wimmer C, Sánchez-Villagra MR, Hahnloser R, Schneider RA. Timing of ossification in duck, quail, and zebra finch: intraspecific variation, heterochronies, and life history evolution. Zoolog Sci. 2011 Jul; 28(7):491-500.
        View in: PubMed PMC3161728
      16. Solem RC, Eames BF, Tokita M, Schneider RA. Mesenchymal and mechanical mechanisms of secondary cartilage induction. Dev Biol. 2011 Aug 1; 356(1):28-39.
        View in: PubMed PMC3130809
      17. Zheng L, Zhang Y, He P, Kim J, Schneider R, Bronckers AL, Lyaruu DM, DenBesten PK. NBCe1 in mouse and human ameloblasts may be indirectly regulated by fluoride. J Dent Res. 2011 Jun; 90(6):782-7.
        View in: PubMed PMC3144118
      18. Jheon AH, Schneider RA. The cells that fill the bill: neural crest and the evolution of craniofacial development. J Dent Res. 2009 Jan; 88(1):12-21.
        View in: PubMed PMC3317957
      19. Derynck R, Piek E, Schneider RA, Choy L, Alliston T. The TGF-ß Family. Derynck and Miyazono (Editors). Chapter 21: TGF-ß family signalling in mesenchymal differentiation. 2008; 613-666.
      20. Schneider RA. How to tweak a beak: molecular techniques for studying the evolution of size and shape in Darwin's finches and other birds. Bioessays. 2007 Jan; 29(1):1-6.
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      21. Ye L, Le TQ, Zhu L, Butcher K, Schneider RA, Li W, Besten PK. Amelogenins in human developing and mature dental pulp. J Dent Res. 2006 Sep; 85(9):814-8.
        View in: PubMed PMC2243219
      22. Miclau T, Schneider RA, Eames BF, Helms JA. Bone Regeneration and Repair: Biology and Clinical Applications. Lieberman and Friedlaender (Editors). Common molecular mechanisms regulating fetal bone formation and adult fracture repair. 2005; 45-55.
      23. Helms JA, Schneider RA. Cranial skeletal biology. Nature. 2003 May 15; 423(6937):326-31.
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      24. Schneider RA, Helms JA. The cellular and molecular origins of beak morphology. Science. 2003 Jan 24; 299(5606):565-8.
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      25. Radlanski RJ, Renz H, Müller U, Schneider RA, Marcucio RS, Helms JA. Eur J Oral Sci. Prenatal morphogenesis of the human mental foramen. 2002; 6(110):452-9.
      26. Schneider RA, Miclau T, Helms JA. Orthopaedics. Fitzgerald, Kaufer, and Malkani (Editors). Embryology of Bone. 2002; 143-146.
      27. Schneider RA, Hu D, Rubenstein JL, Maden M, Helms JA. Local retinoid signaling coordinates forebrain and facial morphogenesis by maintaining FGF8 and SHH. Development. 2001 Jul; 128(14):2755-67.
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      28. Cordero D, Schneider RA, Helms JA. Craniofacial Surgery: Science and Surgical Technique. Lin, Ogle, and Jane (Editors). Morphogenesis of the Face. 2001; 75-83.
      29. Young DL, Schneider RA, Hu D, Helms JA. Genetic and teratogenic approaches to craniofacial development. Crit Rev Oral Biol Med. 2000; 11(3):304-17.
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      30. Schneider RA. Neural crest can form cartilages normally derived from mesoderm during development of the avian head skeleton. Dev Biol. 1999 Apr 15; 208(2):441-55.
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      31. Schneider RA, Hu D, Helms JA. From head to toe: conservation of molecular signals regulating limb and craniofacial morphogenesis. Cell Tissue Res. 1999 Apr; 296(1):103-9.
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      32. Smith KK, Schneider RA. Have gene knockouts caused evolutionary reversals in the mammalian first arch? Bioessays. 1998 Mar; 20(3):245-55.
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      33. Schneider, RA Helms, JA. Current Opinion in Orthopedics. Development and regeneration of the musculoskeletal system. 1998; 6(9):20-24.
      34. Coppinger RP, Schneider RA. The Domestic Dog. Serpell J (Editor). Evolution of working dogs. 1995; 21-47.
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