Dr. Rice was born and raised in Spartanburg, S.C. He graduated from Wofford
College with a B.S. in psychology. While at Wofford, he interned for a
semester at Brookhaven National Laboratory
(BNL) in Long Island, N.Y. After graduating, Dr. Rice accepted a postion in the
medical department at BNL and later pursued a M.A. in
biopsychology at Stony Brook University.
While working at BNL, Dr. Rice completed his Ph.D. in biopyschology from Stony
Brook University where he studied the brain's endogenous cannabinoid
system and its potential role in mediating, or modulating, the rewarding
properties of various classes of abusive drugs.
He specifically used a CB1 Knockout mouse model (mice whose
cannabinoid receptor has been genetically "removed") to help understand
its role in addiction.
At Furman, Dr. Rice continues to employ a battery of behavioral assays and
neural imaging techniques to better understand drug addiction and the
role of various receptors in this process. He is currently working on
- Project one is an attempt to characterize the relationship, if any,
between acute or chronic ethanol intake on brain glucose utilization and
the brain's endogenous cannabinoid system. This is important for
further education of ethanol's effects on the brain.
- Project two is an evaluation of the appetitive nature of toluene, the
reinforcing property in most abuse inhalants (i.e. glue). "Huffing," a
term used for inhalant abuse of various compounds containing toluene, is
on the rise amongst adolescents. This project
is important for identifying toluene as a gateway drug, in addition to
characterizing its effects on the brain.
- Project three explores the brain's D3 receptor's involvement in
natural rewards like novelty. This may have implications for identifying
the role of the D3 receptor as a major player in our brain's reward
Dr. Rice has been invited to speak at international conference to explain his
findings linking binge drinking and other addictive behaviors to the
brain's dopamine D3 receptor.
He has also won the Alester G. Furman, Jr., and Janie Earl Furman Meritorious Advising Award.