Journal of Visualized Experiments video article published

September 2013

The Journal of Visualized Experiments published Brittany and Alison’s video article, “Fluorescence microscopy methods for determining the viability of bacteria in association with mammalian cells.” The video and a PDF of the protocol can be accessed here.

mBio Publication

July 2013

Alison and former undergraduate Erin Dale contributed to “Neisseria gonorrhoeae metalloprotease NGO1686 is required for full piliation, and piliation is required for resistance to H2O2– and neutrophil-mediated killing,” which was published in the July/August 2013 issue of mBio. The article can be found here.

2013 American Society for Microbiology’s Kadner Institute

July 2013: Brittany Johnson was selected to participate in the 2013 American Society for Microbiology’s Kadner Institute. The Kadner Institute provides guidance on preparation for careers in microbiology.  More information is available here:

2013 Phagocytes Gordon Research Conference

June 2013: Alison was invited to speak at the 2013 Phagocytes Gordon Research Conference. Her talk was entitled “Survival of Neisseria gonorrhoeae after primary human neutrophil challenge.”  More information on this conference is available here:

American Society for Microbiology 2013

May 2013: Alison gave the talk “Playing with fire: Neutrophils in the pathogenesis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae” at the 113th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Denver, Colorado.

Journal of Bacteriology Publication

April 2013:

The manuscript “Constitutively Opa-expressing and Opa-deficient Neisseria gonorrhoeae differentially stimulate and survive exposure to human neutrophils,” by Louise and Alison, was accepted at the Journal of Bacteriology. It was published in the July 1, 2013 issue and can be accessed here.

Huskey Graduate Research Exhibition 2013

March 2013: Brittany Johnson and Kylene Daily were selected to present at the “Two Hoos” session of the Huskey Graduate Research Exhibition on March 27, 2013.  Their talk on “Mechanism of Neisseria gonorrhoeae internalization by neutrophils” was one of seven given by pairs of graduate and undergraduate student researchers.  Congratulations Brittany and Kylene!

2013 Harrison Distinguished Undergraduate Research Award

February 2013: Congratulations to Kylene Daily, who received a 2013 Harrison Distinguished Undergraduate Research Award!  Kylene’s project will explore how unopsonized Neisseria gonorrhoeaeis internalized by primary human neutrophils.  More on the Harrison Awards is available here (

New Graduate Student

January 2013: We welcome Stephanie Ragland to the Criss lab!

Stephanie received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonweath University and worked in Jason Carlyon’s lab at VCU prior to entering the BIMS program at UVA in July 2012.

Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting 2013

January 2013:

The Criss lab presented at the Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia, January 27-29.  Brittany Johnson was selected to give a talk and received a travel award.  Louise Ball, Jonathan Handing, Rick Juneau, and Asya Smirnov presented posters.labmembersgroupweb-2013