July 2018 – Global Infectious Diseases Institute Faculty-Trainee Summer Social

Alison and the lab celebrated the first year of the UVA Global Infectious Diseases Institute at the Summer Social on July 24. Shown here is Director Alison and Associate Director Linda Columbus cutting the cake adorned with the institute’s logo.

July 2018 – Allie’s review article accepted at Trends in Microbiology

Congratulations to Allie, whose review article “Gonococcal defenses against antimicrobial activities of neutrophils” was accepted at Trends in Microbiology!

July 2018 – Research on lysozyme inhibitors in gonococci highlighted

Stephanie’s PLOS Pathogens manuscript on lysozyme inhibitors in N. gonorrhoeae was highlighted by UVAToday  and local news outlets.

July 2018 – Criss Lab graduate students appointed to training grants

Congratulations to Amaris and Lacie, who were appointed to the NIH T32 Infectious Diseases Training Grant, and to Jocelyn, who was appointed to the NIH T32 Global Biothreats Training Grant! Appointments are for the 2017-2018 academic year.

June 2018 – Jacqueline’s thesis defense

Congratulations to Jacqueline, who successfully defended her PhD in the lovely Rotunda Dome Room and is now a Double Hoo! Jacqueline will reenter medical school for her 3rd year clinical rotations to complete the Medical Scientist Training Program.

June 2018 – We welcome Nana to the Criss Lab

We welcome VA-NC Alliance summer student Nana Twumasi-Ankrah to the Criss lab! Nana is a rising second-year undergraduate attending VCU and plans to major in bioinformatics. Nana will hone her computational skills on N. gonorrhoeae genome sequences while gaining wet lab experience with Neisseria and neutrophils.

June 2018 – Jacqueline’s manuscript accepted at The Journal of Infectious Diseases

Jacqueline’s manuscript, “Endocervical and neutrophil lipoxygenases coordinate neutrophil transepithelial migration to Neisseria gonorrhoeae,” was accepted at The Journal of Infectious Diseases. Congratulations Jacqueline and Mary, and to our collaborator Christophe!

May 2018 – Stephanie’s manuscript accepted at PLOS Pathogens

Stephanie’s manuscript, “Neisseria gonorrhoeae employs two protein inhibitors to evade killing by human lysozyme,” was accepted at PLOS Pathogens. Congratulations Steph, and to our collaborators Myron and Vicky!

May 2018 – Allie passes her qualifying exam

Allie passed her qualifying exam and is officially a PhD candidate in Microbiology. Congratulations, Allie!

May 2018 – Urmila and Katie graduate

Congratulations to Urmila and Katie, who graduated from UVA with their bachelor’s degrees! Urmila will attend VCU Medical School in the fall, and Katie is working at Guidepoint while making plans for future graduate-level studies.