About Carmen R Domingo


(415) 338-6995




BiologyCollege of Science and Engineering


Hensill Hall (HH)


Office Hours: 

Tuesday: 9:00 am-10:30 am
Thursday: 9:00 am-10:30 am


At SF State Since:




University of California, Irvine                        B.S.                         1987                        Biological Sciences

University of California, Berkeley                   Ph.D                        1995                        Molecular & Cell Biology

University of California, Berkeley                   Fellow                     1997                        Integrative Biology


Positions and Employment

1995-1997                    Research Fellow (with Dr. T. Hayes), Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley.

1997-2003                    Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, CA.         

2003-2008                    Associate Professor, Department of Biology, San Francisco State University.

2007-Present                Associate Chair, Department of Biology, San Francisco State University.

2008-Present                Professor, Department of Biology, San Francisco State University.


Other Professional Experience

2007                   Panelist, Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, NSF Animal Developmental Biology

2009                   Panelist, Developmental Biology NIH R15 (AREA)

1999-Present      Workshop Instructor, RISE, MARC, and SEPA student training programs,  SFSU

2000-Present       Ad hoc Reviewer, Developmental Biology; Developmental Dynamics; Acta Anatomica

2009-Present       Director, NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates, SFSU

2009-Present       Director, Calif. Institute for Regenerative Medicine Bridges to Stem Cell Research, SFSU

2010-2014           Panelist, NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences MPRC-B/TWD-D panel

2014-2018           Panelist, NIH Child Health & Human Development , Developmental Biology Subcommittee

2011-2014           Member, NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences Leadership Council 



BIOL 230         Introductory Biology I

BIOL 351         Exp. in Cell & Molecular Biology

BIOL 380         Comparative Embryology

BIOL 382/782  Developmental Biology

BIOL 699         Special Study in Biology

BIOL 861         Topics in Dev. Biol.: Myogenesis

BIOL 861         Topics in Dev. Biol.: Organogenesis

BIOL 861         Stem Cell Biology

BIOL 871         Colloquium in Micro, Cell & Mol Biol

BIOL 895         Final Report

BIOL 898         Thesis



The long-term goal of my lab, which is composed of undergraduate and master-level students, is to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that drive morphogenetic processes in the vertebrate embryo. Recently my lab has made significant progress in identifying the complex cellular movements that lead to the formation of somites and the elongation and alignment of muscle fibers in the model system, Xenopus laevis. Given that the somites establish the basic segmented body plan of the vertebrate adult, understanding the cellular and molecular underpinnings of this process is of great importance. Given the recent discovery of muscle-specific microRNAs involved in muscle formation and maintenance, we have recently been investigating the role of three muscle-specific microRNAs, miR-1, miR-133, and miR-206, in the regulation of somite and muscle morphogenesis.