Maria Isabel Dominguez, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Hematology & Medical Oncology

PhD, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
MSc, University of the Basque Country

My research interest is to understand the cascade of intracellular events that leads to the activation of Wnt signaling and the biological role of the Wnt pathway during organ development and maintenance. We have two areas of interest:

Our first area of interest is to characterize the molecular mechanism leading to activation (stabilization and nuclear translocation) of ß-catenin, the key intracellular Wnt component that is activated in many human tumors. For this, we are using Xenopus embryos, mammalian cell lines, and mice ablated for CK2 catalytic subunits.

Our second area of interest is to characterize the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulated by Wnt/ß-catenin signaling during embryonic organ morphogenesis. For this we are using mice ablated for CK2 subunits and Xenopus embryos.

Assistant Dean
Boston University School of Medicine
Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

Boston Medical Center

2013 Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine: Faculty Development Grant
2008 Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine: Faculty Development Grant
2007-2008 Karin Grunebaum Cancer Research Foundation: Junior Faculty Cancer Research Award
2007-2008 Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine: Pilot Project Grant
2003-2004 Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine: Pilot Project Grant
2002-2003 Cancer Center, BU School of Medicine: American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant
1998 The Company of Biologists: Travel Fellowship to Attend the 7th International Xenopus Meeting
1996-1998 Basque Government: Postdoctoral Fellowship
1994-1996 Spanish Government: Postdoctoral Fellowship
1990-1994 Basque Government: Postgraduate Fellowship
1988-1989 Iberduero S.A.: Postgraduate Fellowship
1987-1988 Basque Government: Undergraduate Fellowship

STaRS at BU - Summer Training as Research Scholars at Boston University
05/01/2018 - 04/30/2023 (Multi-PI)
PI: Maria Isabel Dominguez, PhD
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Control of Embryonic Development by CK2: CK2 as a Core Wnt/beta-catenin component
08/01/2011 - 06/30/2017 (PI)
5R01 GM098367-04

Effect of CK2 disregulation on heart morphogenesis
07/01/2010 - 06/30/2014 (PI)
American Heart Assoc

Role of Protein Kinese Ck2 Alpha in Cardiac Development
07/01/2007 - 06/30/2010 (PI)
American Heart Assoc

Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Lee M, Chea K, Pyda R, Chua M, Dominguez I. Comparative Analysis of Non-viral Transfection Methods in Mouse Embryonic Fibroblast Cells. J Biomol Tech. 2017 Jul; 28(2):67-74. PMID: 28507462; DOI: 10.7171/jbt.17-2802-003;.
  2. Chua MM, Ortega CE, Sheikh A, Lee M, Abdul-Rassoul H, Hartshorn KL, Dominguez I. CK2 in Cancer: Cellular and Biochemical Mechanisms and Potential Therapeutic Target. Pharmaceuticals (Basel). 2017 Jan 28; 10(1).View Related Profiles. PMID: 28134850; DOI: 10.3390/ph10010018;.
  3. Marivin A, Leyme A, Parag-Sharma K, DiGiacomo V, Cheung AY, Nguyen LT, Dominguez I, Garcia-Marcos M. Dominant-negative Ga subunits are a mechanism of dysregulated heterotrimeric G protein signaling in human disease. Sci Signal. 2016 Apr 12; 9(423):ra37.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27072656; PMCID: PMC4870087; DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.aad2429;.
  4. Apfel J, Parikh JR, Reischmann P, Ewing RM, Müller O, Xia Y, Dominguez I. Systems Biology of Cancer Editor: Sam Thiagalingam. The Wnt signaling network in Cancer. Cambridge University Press. 2015.
  5. Ortega C, Prince-Wright L, Dominguez I. Proceedings of the CK2-VII meeting. Editors Khalil Ahmed, Olaf Issinger and Ryszard Szyska. Role of CK2 in organ formation. 2015.
  6. Ortega CE, Seidner Y, Dominguez I. Mining CK2 in cancer. PLoS One. 2014; 9(12):e115609. PMID: 25541719; PMCID: PMC4277308; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0115609;.
  7. Siriwardana NS, Meyer R, Havasi A, Dominguez I, Panchenko MV. Cell cycle-dependent chromatin shuttling of HBO1-JADE1 histone acetyl transferase (HAT) complex. Cell Cycle. 2014; 13(12):1885-901.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24739512; PMCID: PMC4111752; DOI: 10.4161/cc.28759;.
  8. Iskratsch T, Reijntjes S, Dwyer J, Toselli P, Dégano IR, Dominguez I, Ehler E. Two distinct phosphorylation events govern the function of muscle FHOD3. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2013 Mar; 70(5):893-908.View Related Profiles. PMID: 23052206; PMCID: PMC3696992; DOI: 10.1007/s00018-012-1154-7;.
  9. Papanicolaou KN, Kikuchi R, Ngoh GA, Coughlan KA, Dominguez I, Stanley WC, Walsh K. Mitofusins 1 and 2 are essential for postnatal metabolic remodeling in heart. Circ Res. 2012 Sep 28; 111(8):1012-26.View Related Profiles. PMID: 22904094; PMCID: PMC3518037.
  10. Imbrie GA, Wu H, Seldin DC, Dominguez I. Asymmetric Localization of CK2a During Xenopus Oogenesis. Hum Genet Embryol. 2012 May 05; Suppl 4(1):11328. PMID: 25346867.
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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Cardiovascular Abnormalities
Cell Transformation, Neoplastic
Developmental Biology
Signal Transduction
Wnt Proteins

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650 Albany St Evans Biomed Research Ctr
Boston MA 02118
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