UVA Grad Days and the Huskey Research Exhibition

March 2014

Brittany was selected for an oral presentation at the 2014 Huskey Research Exhibition and received second place for her talk! A link to UVA Grad Days and the Huskey Research Exhibition can be found here.

2014 Robert R. Wagner Prize for Outstanding Research in Microbiology

March 2014 – Huge congratulations to Brittany, who was selected as the winner of the 2014 Robert R. Wagner Prize for Outstanding Research in Microbiology! Brittany received the Wagner Award and presented a seminar to the Department and School of Medicine on March 19, 2014.

Wagner Prize Seminar 2014

Asya and Kylene publish manuscript in Infection and Immunity

January 2014

Congratulations to Asya and Kylene, whose manuscript “Assembly of NADPH oxidase in human neutrophils is modulated by the opacity-associated protein expression state of Neisseria gonorrhoeae” was accepted for publication in Infection and Immunity. This work shows that infection of neutrophils with opacity protein-negative gonococci prevents the proper assembly of the holoenzyme that generates reactive oxygen species,  to block the neutrophil oxidative burst.  The manuscript can be accessed here.

American Society for Microbiology Conference hosted

November 2013

Alison and colleague Ian Glomski co-hosted the Virginia Branch of the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting at UVA on November 8 and 9. The Criss lab was well represented: Jonathan and Rick were selected to give talks, and Stephanie, Louise, Brittany, and Kylene presented posters! Kylene and Brittany received travel awards for their presentations.

NIH National Graduate Student Research Conference

October 2013

Brittany was selected to present a poster at the NIH National Graduate Student Research Conference. It was unfortunately canceled due to the government shutdown.

UVA International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM)

October 2013

Congratulations to the UVA International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team, which won a gold medal at the North America semifinal and competed in the Global iGEM Championship! Alison advised the team on engineering E. coli minicells that would last longer in the human body without provoking inflammation. Check out Team Virginia’s website, the UVA Today article, and a YouTube video where Alison was interviewed about synthetic biology and the promise of minicells.

Alison receives UVA School of Medicine’s Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research

September 2013

Alison received the UVA School of Medicine’s Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research! Click here for the award poster.

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: http://www.asmgap.org/index.php/asm-kadner-institute