Criss Lab

Associated with the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MIC), the Criss Laboratory investigates the pathogenic mechanisms of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the cause of the bacterial sexually transmitted infection gonorrhea. Gonorrhea affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide every year and has devastating effects on human health. Our research seeks to reveal vulnerabilities in the pathogen’s defense mechanisms that can be therapeutically exploited to combat this prevalent, debilitating infectious disease.

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One On Environment, One On Global Infections

The huge societal challenges of global infectious diseases and a rapidly changing climate are now key transdisciplinary focus areas at UVA under two newly established, pan-University institutes.
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Researching Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea

Researchers find that two of N. gonorrhoeae’s proteins allow the bacteria to resist a human anti-microbial enzyme, opening the way for new therapies to treat drug-resistant gonorrhea infection.
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Alison Criss (right) and student Princess Bush(Right) in lab

UVA-Led Program Seeks To Broaden The Pool of Stem Researchers

The alliance is devoted to increasing the number of students from minority groups that have been underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.
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