- B.S., Biology, University of North Carolina, 1993
- M.S., Molecular Biology, East Carolina University, 1997
- Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology, University of Miami, 2003
Dr. Mike Criscitiello is a native of coastal North Carolina. He received degrees from the University of North Carolina, East Carolina University and the University of Miami, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Maryland. 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 given to the genetic tricks of lymphocyte antigen receptor genes (e.g., antibodies and T cell receptors), mucosal immune mechanisms in the gut, and antigen presentation. NIH and NSF grants have funded this work in shark and frog, but the Criscitiello lab also studies immunogenetics in agriculturally relevant species such as 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, aquaculture diseases, mammalian genetics, and the theory of research. He enjoys traveling with his wife and three daughters, sports, maps, gardening and beer.