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Charles Criscione

Office:
3258 TAMU
Butler Hall
Room 207A
979-845-0917

Lab:
Butler Hall
Room 207
979-845-0925

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

Associations:

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. 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 .
  2. 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 .
  3. 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.
  4. 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 .
  5. 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 .
  6. 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 .
  7. 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 .
  8. 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 .
  9. Doña, J, Moreno-García, M, Criscione, CD, Serrano, D, Jovani, R. Species mtDNA genetic diversity explained by infrapopulation size in a host-symbiont system. Ecol Evol. 2015;5 (24):5801-9. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1842. PubMed PMID:26811755 PubMed Central PMC4717341.
  10. Caballero, IC, Sakla, AJ, Detwiler, JT, Le Gall, M, Behmer, ST, Criscione, CD et al.. Physiological Status Drives Metabolic Rate in Mediterranean Geckos Infected with Pentastomes. PLoS ONE. 2015;10 (12):e0144477. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144477. PubMed PMID:26657838 PubMed Central PMC4681768.
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