June 2016 – We welcome Katie Hill to the Criss Lab

Welcome to the newest member of the Criss Lab, Katie Hill, a rising third year undergraduate at UVA! Katie is investigating how bacterial genes important for antibiotic resistance impact N. gonorrhoeae susceptibility to neutrophils. Katie received a 2016 Summer Ethics Internship Award from the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life to support this research.

June 2016 – Stephanie and Jacqueline Receive 2016 Wagner Fellowships

Huge congratulations to Stephanie and Jacqueline, who were selected for the 2016 Robert R. Wagner Fellowship Awards! They were selected by the Directors of Graduate Studies from a highly competitive pool based on their outstanding performance at UVA. More information is available HERE.

Criss Lab Raven Society Members

Congratulations to Jacqueline and Stephanie! Jacqueline was elected president of the Raven Society, and Stephanie was selected for membership. The Raven Society is the oldest honorary society at the University of Virginia and recognizes students for academic achievements and dedication to the University. More information can be found at

April 2016 – Stephanie 2nd Place at 2016 Huskey Research Exhibition

Congratulations to Stephanie, who received 2nd Prize for her presentation in the “Pathogens, Parasites and Cellular Conflict” session at the 2016 Huskey Graduate Research Exhibition. This year, over 100 graduate students delivered oral and poster presentations, with over $8000 awarded in cash prizes.

Travel Award to ASM Microbe 2016 for Stephanie

Congratulations to Stephanie, who received a Travel Award to attend the 2016 ASM Microbe General Meeting! Stephanie will present her work on how Neisseria gonorrhoeae lytic transglycosylases contribute to bacterial defense against neutrophils.

Harrison Undergraduate Research Award for Urmila Bharathan

February 2016: Congratulations to second-year Urmila Bharathan, who received a 2016-2017 Harrison Undergraduate Research Award! The award will support Urmila to continue her studies on Neisserial defenses against neutrophil antimicrobial proteins.


Igor Stojilkovic Memorial Travel Awards to attend the International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference

January 2016: Congratulations to Jacqueline and Stephanie, who received Igor Stojilkovic Memorial Travel Awards to attend the International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference in Manchester, UK in September! Information about the IPNC can be found here.

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.

Promotion to Associate Professor

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


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