Personal del departament

Mireia Duñach Masjuan
  • Biografia
  • Mireia Duñach is Full Professor (“Catedràtica”) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) since 2006. After obtaining her PhD in Biochemistry at the UAB in 1986, she completed her research training first in France at the Commissariat  à l’Energie Atomique (Paris), and later in the United States in a collaborative project between Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Back in Barcelona in 1991, she became Associate Professor (“Professor Titular”) at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the UAB, where she leads her own research group. She got the ICREA Academia award in 2014. She teaches Biophysics to Biomedical Sciences and Medicine pregraduate students.
    The research in her group has been focused on the regulation of cell-to-cell contacts in epithelial cells and the involvement of adhesion proteins in gene expression. Currently the interest of the group is oriented towards the study of the signaling pathways triggered by Wnt factors, both canonical and non-canonical, activating signaling cascades involved in epithelial tumorigenesis. Canonical Wnt signals require the action of two proteins associated with E-cadherin at cel·lular contacts, β-catenin and p120-catenin.  Although both, canonical and non-canonical pathways, share some common elements they differ in the final output. The group is investigating these common and divergent events and their involvement in epithelial cell invasion.  This project is carried out in close collaboration with Dr. Antonio Garcia de Herreros (IMIM, PRBB, Barcelona).

  • Grups de recerca
  • Senyalització per factors Wnt i el seu paper en la invasió de les cèl·lules eptitelials
  • Altres informacions
  • Researcher ID:  E-3604-2015


    ·      52 citation/article and 2781 total citations (Web of Science, 3/05/2017), 75% of which correspond to articles as first or corresponding author.
    ·      h index: 30
    ·      Average citations/year, last 5 years: 178 (Web of Science)
    Last five years (five most relevant articles or reviews as corresponding author)
    - M. Vinyoles, B. del Valle, J. Curto, M. Padilla, A. Villarroel, J. Yang, A. García de Herreros, M. Duñach: Activation of CK1εby PP2A/PR61εis required for the onset of Wnt signaling. Oncogene, 36, 429-438 (2017)
    - M. Duñach, B. del Valle, A. Garcia de Herreros: p120-catenin in canonical Wnt signaling. Critical Rev. Biochem. Mol. Biol. 52, 327-339 (2017)
    -  M. Vinyoles, B. del Valle, J. Curto, R. Viñas, L. Alba, A. García de Herreros, M. Duñach:
    Multivesicular GSK3 sequestration upon Wnt signaling is controlled by p120-catenin/cadherin interaction with LRP5/6.  Molecular Cell 53, 444-457 (2014)

    -  G. Valls, M. Codina, R. Miller, B. del Valle, M. Vinyoles, C. Caelles, P. McCrea, A. García de Herreros,  M. Duñach: Upon Wnt stimulation Rac1 activation requires Rac1 and Vav2 binding to p120-catenin.   J. Cell Sci. 125, 5288-5301 (2012)
    - P. Villagrasa, V. Díaz, R. Viñas, S. Peiró, B. del Valle-Pérez, N. Dave, A. Rodríguez-Asiain, J.I. Casal, JM Lizcano, M. Duñach*, A. García de Herreros* (*corresponding authors):
    Akt2 interacts with Snail1 in E-cadherin promoter. Oncogene 31, 4022-4033 (2012)




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