Dr. Rice is a Professor of Biostatistics at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (WUSM). She received graduate training in psychology and behavioral genetics from the University of Colorado in Boulder, earning a PhD in 1987. Currently she holds joint appointments in the Division of Biostatistics and in the Department of Psychiatry, is a faculty scholar in the Institute of Public Health, and is a member of the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) / Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA) consortium.
Dr. Rice’s applied research involves methodological issues related to measuring complex traits and their underlying genetic causes using family study designs and genome-wide association study data. Her research largely involves searching for genes responsible for the variation in traits associated with the metabolic syndrome (i.e. obesity, diabetes and hypertension). She is a co-investigator on multiple research projects including the HERITAGE family study looking at genetic effects for the responses to endurance exercise training and the GenSalt family study looking at genetic effects underlying the cardiovascular responses to dietary sodium intervention. She has published over 200 research articles in these areas.
Dr. Rice also is committed to mentoring and increasing diversity via involvement in multiple projects aimed at training the next generation of researchers. She mentors graduate and post-doctoral trainees in genetic epidemiology at WUSM and is a course master of a graduate level course in the Fundamentals of Genetic Epidemiology for the Masters of Science in Biostatistics (MSIBS) program. Dr. Rice advocates increasing diversity among individuals doing research in the biomedical sciences. She is the Director and PI of a Coordination Core (CC) for the PRograms to Increase Diversity in individuals Engaged in health-related research (PRIDE, http://www.biostat.wustl.edu/pridecc/) funded by NIH-NHLBI. The primary goal of this consortium of nation-wide training programs is to facilitate the career development of junior faculty who come from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Also, she is the Director and PI of a Data Analysis and Coordinating Center (DACC) for an NIH-NHGRI-funded consortium of nation-wide training programs in genomics methods. These genomics programs train students from all educational levels (K-12 through faculty), with the overarching goal of increasing the enrollment and retention in STEM fields of trainees that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.