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Charles Criscione

Professor & Director for Academic Affairs

Fax: 979-845-2891

Curriculum Vitae
Criscione Lab Website

3258 TAMU
Butler Hall
Room 207A

Butler Hall
Room 207

Joined the Department in 2008

  • B.S., 1995,  Zoology, Louisiana State University
  • M.S., 2000,  Biology, Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Ph.D., 2005,  Molecular and Cellular Biology, Oregon State University
  • Postdoctoral Scientist, 2005-2008, Dept. Genetics, Texas Biomedical Research Institute


Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

I examine fundamental ecological and evolutionary questions in parasite systems and consider my research to be at the interface of ecology, evolution, and genetics.  Parasitology provides a rich subject area for studies of ecology and evolutionary biology.  Numerous topics such as ecosystem dynamics, mating systems, or coevolution can be addressed because parasites are extremely diverse.  By diversity, I include not only the myriad of taxa that have independently evolved a parasitic lifestyle, but also the diversity in life cycles, modes of reproduction, host species, and ecosystems utilized by parasites.  This diversity also allows for comparative studies to address theories or unifying principles that span ecosystems or taxonomic groups.  Furthermore, there are many practical applications such as studying the evolution of drug resistance, or using parasite community structure to assess “ecosystem health”.  My research interests address both basic and applied questions, and span three overlapping subject areas: 1) Evolution: Population Genetics, Mating Systems, and Molecular Epidemiology, 2) Ecology: Biodiversity, Conservation, and Natural History, and 3) Genetics and Ecological Genomics.

Please visit the Criscione Lab Website to obtain more information on my research program, teaching, and laboratory members, or to view my publications and CV.

  1. Hulke, JM, Ellenburg, WH, Zelmer, DA, Criscione, CD. QUANTIFYING BILATERAL INFECTION PATTERNS IN THE TREMATODE ALLOGLOSSIDIUM RENALE. J Parasitol. 2021;107 (5):731-738. doi: 10.1645/21-2. PubMed PMID:34546334 .
  2. Criscione, CD, van Paridon, BJ, Gilleard, JS, Goater, CP. Clonemate cotransmission supports a role for kin selection in a puppeteer parasite. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2020;117 (11):5970-5976. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1922272117. PubMed PMID:32123093 PubMed Central PMC7084154.
  3. Sakla, AJ, Detwiler, JT, Caballero, IC, Kelehear, C, Criscione, CD. Recognizing the Causes of Parasite Morphological Variation to Resolve the Status of a Cryptogenic Pentastome. J Parasitol. 2019;105 (3):432-441. . PubMed PMID:31169454 .
  4. Caballero, IC, Criscione, CD. Little to no inbreeding depression in a tapeworm with mixed mating. J Evol Biol. 2019;32 (9):1002-1010. doi: 10.1111/jeb.13496. PubMed PMID:31162885 .
  5. Dusitsittipon, S, Criscione, CD, Morand, S, Komalamisra, C, Thaenkham, U. Hurdles in the evolutionary epidemiology of Angiostrongylus cantonensis: Pseudogenes, incongruence between taxonomy and DNA sequence variants, and cryptic lineages. Evol Appl. 2018;11 (8):1257-1269. doi: 10.1111/eva.12621. PubMed PMID:30151038 PubMed Central PMC6099809.
  6. Kasl, EL, Font, WF, Criscione, CD. Resolving evolutionary changes in parasite life cycle complexity: Molecular phylogeny of the trematode genus Alloglossidium indicates more than one origin of precociousness. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2018;126 :371-381. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2018.04.027. PubMed PMID:29705582 .
  7. Detwiler, JT, Criscione, CD. Role of parasite transmission in promoting inbreeding: II. Pedigree reconstruction reveals sib-transmission and consequent kin-mating. Mol Ecol. 2017;26 (17):4405-4417. doi: 10.1111/mec.14210. PubMed PMID:28626973 .
  8. Detwiler, JT, Caballero, IC, Criscione, CD. Role of parasite transmission in promoting inbreeding: I. Infection intensities drive individual parasite selfing rates. Mol Ecol. 2017;26 (17):4391-4404. doi: 10.1111/mec.14211. PubMed PMID:28626938 .
  9. Dusitsittipon, S, Criscione, CD, Morand, S, Komalamisra, C, Thaenkham, U. Cryptic lineage diversity in the zoonotic pathogen Angiostrongylus cantonensis. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2017;107 :404-414. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.12.002. PubMed PMID:27940331 .
  10. van Paridon, BJ, Goater, CP, Gilleard, JS, Criscione, CD. Characterization of nine microsatellite loci for Dicrocoelium dendriticum, an emerging liver fluke of ungulates in North America, and their use to detect clonemates and random mating. Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2016;207 (1):19-22. doi: 10.1016/j.molbiopara.2016.05.003. PubMed PMID:27188658 .
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