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.

American Public Health Association Video

Dr. Criss’s research and the UVA Global Infectious Diseases Institute she directs were featured by the American Public Health Association.
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Alison Criss, PhD and Stephanie Ragland, PhD

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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