We welcome Rebecca Dunning to the Criss lab!

Becky received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and worked at  the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services before matriculating in the BIMS program. Becky will examine the mechanisms governing phagosome maturation in neutrophils containing Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Welcome Yonathan Michael to the Criss Lab

We welcome Yonathan Michael to the Criss Lab! Yonnie is a rising 3rd year UVA Nanomedicine major. This summer, he will be investigating the fate of Opa+ liposomes in neutrophils, in collaboration with the Columbus Lab. Yonnie was selected for UVA nanoSTAR funding for this research. Congratulations, Yonnie!

Asya publishes article in Journal of Immunological Methods

Congratulations to Asya, whose manuscript with Joanne Lannigan and Mike Solga, “An Improved Method for Differentiating Cell-bound from Internalized Particles by Imaging Flow Cytometry,” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Immunological Methods! The manuscript can be accessed here.

Criss lab attends 2015 Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting

Alison, Asya, Rick, Jonathan, Stephanie, Jacqueline, and Kylene attended the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting at Wintergreen Resort. Rick gave a talk, Asya, Jonathan, Stephanie, and Kylene presented posters, and Alison convened a session.

Rick and Jacqueline publish in Journal of Infectious Diseases

January 2015: Congratulations to Rick and Jacqueline, whose manuscript “A thermonuclease of Neisseria gonorrhoeae enhances bacterial escape from killing by neutrophil extracellular traps” was accepted at The Journal of Infectious Diseases!“ The manuscript can be accessed here.”

Jonathan publishes article in Cellular Microbiology

December 2014: Congratulations to Jonathan, whose manuscript “The lipooligosaccharide-modifying enzyme LptA enhances gonococcal defense against human neutrophils” was accepted at Cellular Microbiology! A link to the manuscript can be found here.

Brittany, Louise, and Kylene publish in Cellular Microbiology

October 2014: Congratulations to Brittany, Louise, and Kylene, whose manuscript “Opa+ Neisseria gonorrhoeae exhibits reduced survival in human neutrophils via Src family kinase-mediated bacterial trafficking into mature phagolysosomes” was accepted at Cellular Microbiology! The manuscript can be found here.

American Society for Microbiology Supported Lecture at Lynchburg College

October 2014: Alison and Stephanie spoke with undergraduate microbiology students at Lynchburg College, where Alison gave a lecture sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology.

Criss Lab attends International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference

October 2013: Alison, Asya, Rick, Jonathan, Stephanie, and Louise presented their work at the International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference in Asheville, NC.

Criss Lab EPSTI Collaboration

September 2014 – the U19 “Ecopathogenomics of sexually transmitted infections” was funded by the National Institutes of Health. Alison is a collaborator for all projects in this multi-project systems biology grant. Click here for more information about EPSTI.