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Jessica Dominguez Rieg, PhD

School of Naturopathic Medicine
Department of Basic Sciences

Current Roles

Dr. Rieg is an assistant professor of physiology in the Department of Basic Sciences at Bastyr University California.


  • BS in Veterinary Science from University of Arizona in 2001
  • MS in Physiological Sciences from University of Arizona in 2004
  • PhD in Physiological Sciences from University of Arizona in 2006
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in critical illness/surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Affiliations and Awards

  • American Physiological Society member
  • West Coast Salt & Water Club (an epithelial cell research group) member
  • Shock Society member
  • 2011 American Physiological Society Dale J. Benos Early Career Professional Service Award for excellence in mentorship, leadership and outreach.

Past Experience

Dr. Dominguez Rieg was an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver before moving to San Diego. She has taught anatomy and physiology to undergraduate and medical students. 

Teaching and Research Interests

As a translational physiologist, Dr. Dominguez Rieg’s is interested in how the body functions from the subcellular level up to the integration of biological systems in the whole organism. As a basic scientist, she is specifically interested in mechanisms underlying the body’s response to critical illness and the use of probiotics to mediate protection in the intestine.


Dr. Dominguez Rieg’s teaching philosophy stems from the desire to help students reach “eureka!” moments by deconstructing and relating the material to real life until it is understood conceptually. She strives to create an interactive learning environment in which students can tap into their own knowledge base to learn difficult concepts. She is passionate about working with clinicians to teach students in about the fundamentals of physiology using a systems-based approach, with a focus on natural healing and whole-person medicine.

Jessica Dominguez Rieg, PhD
Jessica Dominguez Rieg, PhD