Lab News

Sept 2017 – The Thematic Issue on Neisseria in the FEMS journal Pathogens and Disease

The Thematic Issue on Neisseria in the FEMS journal Pathogens and Disease was released. Alison and colleague Chris Tang (Oxford, UK) jointly guest edited the issue. It is available at https://academic.oup.com/Femspd/pages/neisseria

Sept 2017 – Jacqueline publishes in Current Opinion in Hematology

Congratulations to Jacqueline, whose review with Alison on gonococcal pathogenesis in the female genital tract was accepted for publication in Current Opinion in Hematology! The article can be accessed HERE.

Sept 2017 – Cold Spring Harbor Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Response Meeting

Alison and Jacqueline attended the Cold Spring Harbor Meeting on Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Response. Alison gave a talk, and Jacqueline presented a poster.

August 2017 – More exciting grant news

More exciting grant news – new R01 AI127793 on nutritional immunity in Neisseria gonorrhoeae pathogenesis was funded by the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the NIH. Alison and colleague Cynthia Nau Cornelissen (VCU) are co-PIs.

July 2017 – Stephanie publishes in PLOS Pathogens

Congratulations to Stephanie, whose review with Alison “From bacterial killing to immune modulation: Recent insights into the functions of lysozyme” was accepted for publication in PLOS Pathogens! The review can be accessed HERE.

July 2017 – Good grant news

Alison and co-PI Jayasimha Rao (Carilion Clinic/Virginia Tech) received a 4-VA Collaborative Research Grant to study novel antimicrobial peptides to combat superbug bacteria.

July 2017 – Alison is Director of the new UVA Pan-University Global Infectious Diseases Institute

The UVA Pan-University Global Infectious Diseases Institute was established, with Alison as its founding Director. More information about the Institute is available HERE.

June 2017 – Gordon Research Conference on Phagocytes

Alison and Asya attended the Gordon Research Conference on Phagocytes in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Asya was selected to give a “high impact poster” presentation. Alison gave a talk and co-led the “Power Hour” for women in science.

May 2017 – Hutcheson Summer Research Fellowship for Katie

Congratulations to Katie, who received a Hutcheson Summer Research Fellowship to support her continued studies in the Criss lab!

May 2017 – UVA nanoSTAR Research Award for Rhea

Congratulations to rising second-year undergraduate Rhea Kapania, a Nanomedicine major in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who received a UVA nanoSTAR Research Award to support her summer research in the Criss Lab. Welcome, Rhea!