Dr. Mike Criscitiello is Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate
Studies and an Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary
Pathobiology. A native of coastal North Carolina, he received
degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, East Carolina University and the
University of Miami, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the
University of Maryland School of Medicine at Baltimore. Dr.
Criscitiello’s research merges immunology, genetics and evolution.
A focus is the early natural history of the vertebrate adaptive
immune system, with particular attention to lymphocyte antigen
receptor genes (e.g., antibodies and T cell receptors), and genetic
diversification mechanisms for receptor repertoires. NIH, USDA and
NSF grants have funded this work in shark, frog, shrimp, tuna and
cattle. Dr. Criscitiello teaches a unique course in Immunogenetics
and Comparative Immunology as well as contributing lectures to
courses in microbiology, immunology, genetics, cell and molecular
biology, and aquaculture diseases. He is passionate for training
graduate students in collaborative research, and has served on
>70 M.S. and Ph.D committees. He enjoys traveling with his wife
and three daughters, sports, maps, gardening, live music, jogging,
and bike commuting.