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Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello


  • Fellow
  • Humans & the Microbiome


Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello is a microbiologist whose lab uses multidisciplinary approaches to study the impacts of modern practices on the microbiome, particularly in children, as well as strategies for restoration.

She also studies the role of the built environment in microbial transmission, integrating the fields of anthropology and architecture into microbial ecology. Her research work has involved collaborations with scientists in Chile, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Tanzania, Spain, Belgium and the USA.


  • American Society for Microbiology Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), Division Interdisciplinary Councillor, 2018
  • Arturo Carrion Award, Puerto Rico Society of Microbiology, 2015
  • Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology, 2015

Relevant Publications

  • McCall LI, Callewaert C, Zhu Q, Song SJ, Bouslimani A, Minich JJ, Ernst M, Ruiz-Calderon JF, Cavallin H, Pereira HS, Novoselac A, HernandezJ, Rios R, Branch OH, Blaser MJ, Paulino LC, Dorrestein PC, Knight R, Dominguez-Bello MG. Home Chemical and Microbial Transitions with Urbanization. Nature Microbiology 2019.DOI:
  • Dominguez-Bello MG. Gestational shaping of the maternal vaginal microbiome. Nature Medicine 2019, News & Views, (25) 878-883
  • Siqueira J, Dominguez-Bello M, Contreras M, Lander O, Caballero-Arias H, Deng X, Noya-Alarcon, O and Delwart E. Complex virome in feces from Amerindian children in isolated Amazonian villages. Nature Communications, 2018, 9:4270. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-06502-9
  • Dominguez-Bello MG, Knight R, Gilbert JA, Blaser MJ. Restoring microbial diversity, an ancestral legacy for future generations. Science 2018, 362 (6410): 33-34. DOI: 10.1126/science.aau8816
  • Vargas-Robles D, M, Morales M, de Koningc MNC, Rodríguez I, Nieves T, Godoy-Vitorino F, Sánchez GI, Alcaraz LD, Forney LJ, Pérez ME, García-Briceño L, van Doorn L, Domínguez-Bello MG. High Rate of Infection by Only Oncogenic Human Papillomavirus in Amerindians. mSphere 2018 3 (3): e00176-18. DOI: 10.1128/mSphere .00176-18.

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