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.