Maria Isabel Isabel Dominguez, PhD

Assistant Professor, Medicine

Maria Isabel Dominguez
650 Albany St Evans Biomed Research Ctr


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.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Dean, Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
  • Boston Medical Center


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

Classes Taught

  • PS701


  • Published on 4/29/2017

    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.

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  • Published on 1/28/2017

    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). PMID: 28134850.

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  • Published on 4/12/2016

    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. PMID: 27072656.

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  • Published on 7/1/2015

    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.

  • Published on 7/1/2015

    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.

  • Published on 12/26/2014

    Ortega CE, Seidner Y, Dominguez I. Mining CK2 in cancer. PLoS One. 2014; 9(12):e115609. PMID: 25541719.

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  • Published on 4/16/2014

    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. PMID: 24739512.

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  • Published on 10/4/2012

    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. PMID: 23052206.

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  • Published on 8/17/2012

    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. PMID: 22904094.

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  • Published on 5/5/2012

    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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