Daniel Cifuentes, PhD

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry

Daniel Cifuentes
617.358.4521
72 E. Concord St Silvio Conte (K)

Biography

The beginning of a new life is one of the most enigmatic and dynamic events in Biology. The long term goal of my laboratory is to understand how post-transcriptional regulation of RNA and proteins orchestrates development of a single cell oocyte into a whole embryo and how these mechanisms can be extrapolated to other biological transitions such as cellular reprogramming or malignant transformation.

To address these questions, my laboratory focuses on the mechanisms of post-transcriptional regulation during vertebrate embryogenesis using zebrafish as a model system. This approach allows us to dissect the process of reprogramming in vivo within the context of a whole organism. The combination of fish embryo microinjection together with powerful genetic, genomic, and proteomic approaches provides a unique platform to address these central questions in biology.

Other Positions

  • Member, Genome Science Institute, Boston University

Education

  • Universidad de Barcelona, PhD
  • Universidad de Barcelona, BS

Classes Taught

  • GMSBI777
  • GMSGE701
  • GMSMM730

Publications

  • Published on 9/20/2021

    Floro J, Dai A, Metzger A, Mora-Martin A, Ganem NJ, Cifuentes D, Wu CS, Dalal J, Lyons SM, Labadorf A, Flynn RL. SDE2 is an essential gene required for ribosome biogenesis and the regulation of alternative splicing. Nucleic Acids Res. 2021 09 20; 49(16):9424-9443. PMID: 34365507.

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  • Published on 1/7/2021

    Hekman RM, Hume AJ, Goel RK, Abo KM, Huang J, Blum BC, Werder RB, Suder EL, Paul I, Phanse S, Youssef A, Alysandratos KD, Padhorny D, Ojha S, Mora-Martin A, Kretov D, Ash PEA, Verma M, Zhao J, Patten JJ, Villacorta-Martin C, Bolzan D, Perea-Resa C, Bullitt E, Hinds A, Tilston-Lunel A, Varelas X, Farhangmehr S, Braunschweig U, Kwan JH, McComb M, Basu A, Saeed M, Perissi V, Burks EJ, Layne MD, Connor JH, Davey R, Cheng JX, Wolozin BL, Blencowe BJ, Wuchty S, Lyons SM, Kozakov D, Cifuentes D, Blower M, Kotton DN, Wilson AA, Mühlberger E, Emili A. Actionable Cytopathogenic Host Responses of Human Alveolar Type 2 Cells to SARS-CoV-2. Mol Cell. 2021 Jan 07; 81(1):212. PMID: 33417854.

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  • Published on 12/29/2020

    Kontur C, Jeong M, Cifuentes D, Giraldez AJ. Ythdf m6A Readers Function Redundantly during Zebrafish Development. Cell Rep. 2020 12 29; 33(13):108598. PMID: 33378672.

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  • Published on 11/19/2020

    Hekman RM, Hume AJ, Goel RK, Abo KM, Huang J, Blum BC, Werder RB, Suder EL, Paul I, Phanse S, Youssef A, Alysandratos KD, Padhorny D, Ojha S, Mora-Martin A, Kretov D, Ash PEA, Verma M, Zhao J, Patten JJ, Villacorta-Martin C, Bolzan D, Perea-Resa C, Bullitt E, Hinds A, Tilston-Lunel A, Varelas X, Farhangmehr S, Braunschweig U, Kwan JH, McComb M, Basu A, Saeed M, Perissi V, Burks EJ, Layne MD, Connor JH, Davey R, Cheng JX, Wolozin BL, Blencowe BJ, Wuchty S, Lyons SM, Kozakov D, Cifuentes D, Blower M, Kotton DN, Wilson AA, Mühlberger E, Emili A. Actionable Cytopathogenic Host Responses of Human Alveolar Type 2 Cells to SARS-CoV-2. Mol Cell. 2020 12 17; 80(6):1104-1122.e9. PMID: 33259812.

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  • Published on 3/18/2020

    Kretov DA, Walawalkar IA, Mora-Martin A, Shafik AM, Moxon S, Cifuentes D. Ago2-Dependent Processing Allows miR-451 to Evade the Global MicroRNA Turnover Elicited during Erythropoiesis. Mol Cell. 2020 04 16; 78(2):317-328.e6. PMID: 32191872.

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  • Published on 6/21/2019

    Vejnar CE, Abdel Messih M, Takacs CM, Yartseva V, Oikonomou P, Christiano R, Stoeckius M, Lau S, Lee MT, Beaudoin JD, Musaev D, Darwich-Codore H, Walther TC, Tavazoie S, Cifuentes D, Giraldez AJ. Genome wide analysis of 3' UTR sequence elements and proteins regulating mRNA stability during maternal-to-zygotic transition in zebrafish. Genome Res. 2019 07; 29(7):1100-1114. PMID: 31227602.

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  • Published on 4/4/2019

    Marivin A, Morozova V, Walawalkar I, Leyme A, Kretov DA, Cifuentes D, Dominguez I, Garcia-Marcos M. GPCR-independent activation of G proteins promotes apical cell constriction in vivo. J Cell Biol. 2019 05 06; 218(5):1743-1763. PMID: 30948426.

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  • Published on 7/17/2018

    Kumaradevan S, Lee SY, Richards S, Lyle C, Zhao Q, Tapan U, Jiangliu Y, Ghumman S, Walker J, Belghasem M, Arinze N, Kuhnen A, Weinberg J, Francis J, Hartshorn K, Kolachalama VB, Cifuentes D, Rahimi N, Chitalia VC. c-Cbl Expression Correlates with Human Colorectal Cancer Survival and Its Wnt/ß-Catenin Suppressor Function Is Regulated by Tyr371 Phosphorylation. Am J Pathol. 2018 08; 188(8):1921-1933. PMID: 30029779.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Kretov DA, Shafik AM, Cifuentes D. Assessing miR-451 Activity and Its Role in Erythropoiesis. Methods Mol Biol. 2018; 1680:179-190. PMID: 29030849.

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  • Published on 10/3/2016

    Vejnar CE, Moreno-Mateos MA, Cifuentes D, Bazzini AA, Giraldez AJ. Optimized CRISPR-Cas9 System for Genome Editing in Zebrafish. Cold Spring Harb Protoc. 2016 Oct 03; 2016(10):pdb.prot086850. PMID: 27698232.

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