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.…

Alison receives Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

September 2014 - Alison received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching! Information about the award can be found here. An excerpt of the Award poster can be found here.

NIH Grant funded

August 2014 - R21 AI110889, “Gonococcal Nuclease Mediated Escape from Neutrophil Extracellular Traps” (Alison Criss, PI) was funded by the National Institutes of Health

Criss lab members appointed to Training Grants

July 2014 - Congratulations to Stephanie and Jacqueline for appointment to the Infectious Diseases and the Medical Scientist Training Program training grants, respectively!

Promotion to Associate Professor

July 2014 - Alison was promoted to Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology

Neutrophil 2014 International Symposium

June 2014 - Asya presented a poster at  Neutrophil 2014 International Symposium in Montreal, Canada

AAMC’s MedEdPORTAL Publication

June 2014 - Alison and colleague Loren Erickson published their manuscript “The Complement System and Bacterial Complement Resistance: Team-Based Learning” in AAMC’s MedEdPORTAL.  A link to the manuscript can be found…


May 2014 - Huge congratulations to Brittany Johnson, PhD! Brittany’s dissertation is entitled “Mechanisms of Neisseria gonorrhoeae Survival in Primary Human Neutrophils.”