Dr. Mike Criscitiello


Principal Investigator
Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies

Executive Assistant: Melanie Schaefer,

B.S. Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC (Jenny Ting)
M.S. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, East Carolina University, Greenville NC (Tom McConnell, retired)
Ph.D. Microbiology and Immunology, University of Miami, Coral Gables FL (Churchill McKinney, retired)
Post-doc University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore MD (Martin Flajnik)

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Ph.D. Comparative Immunogenetics, Texas A&M University

"Science is finding the truth. When science changes its opinion, it didn't lie to you. It learned more."

-A quote Jeannine likes, author unknown.


Research Assistant

Certified Laboratory Animal Technologist, Berlin (MDC) Germany, 1999
Bachelor of Science (Bachelor of Science equivalency received in 2004, USA)
Research Technician/Assistant/Associate at Texas A&M since 2001

“Aus den Steinen, die Dir in den Weg gelegt werden, kannst du etwas Schönes bauen.” Translation: “From the stones that block your way, you can build something beautiful.”
- A quote Kerstin likes by Erich Kästner
Minal Jamsandekar


Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Sciences (Leif Andersson and Brian Davis, PIs)

Studying the evolutionary population genomics of MHC genes in Atlantic herring

M.Sc. Biotechnology – IIT Roorkee, India
B.Sc. Biotechnology – Ruia College, India


Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Genomics and Bioinformatics

Studying the multiple aspects of bovine ultralong immunoglobulins including but not limited to bovine ultralong relative abundance, an ultralong targeting antibody, and the possible use of alternative diversity mechanisms within the Ig heavy chain repertoire.

B.S. Biology, University of South Alabama, Mobile AL
B.S. Animal Science, Auburn University, Auburn AL

“Passion for your work is a little bit of discovery, followed by a lot of development, & then a lifetime of deepening.”
- A quote Cody likes, by Angela Duckworth


Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Sciences

Investigating the impact of dietary glutamate on the development of the gut mucosal immunity in hybrid striped bass.

M.S. Biology, San Francisco State University
B.S. Animal Science, University of California, Davis

“Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, [science]...the world is so rich simply throbbing with rich treasures.”
- A quote Karina likes, by Henry Miller


Undergraduate Student Researcher

Bachelor’s Student in Biomedical Science with minor in Psychology, Texas A&M University

“ Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.”
- A quote Morgan likes by Paul Kalanithi


Undergraduate Researcher

Bachelor's Student in Biology & minor in Spanish, Texas A&M University

“Always Try to be nice, but never fail to be kind.”
- A quote Nicholas likes, author unknown


Undergraduate Student Researcher

Bachelor's Student in Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University

" The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
- A quote Casey likes from Lamentations 3:22-23