Category: Lab News

July 2021: Alison promoted to Full Professor


Alison was promoted to Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology. She joined the Department as an Assistant Professor in 2008.

June 2021: Opinion/Hypothesis on gonococcal-neutrophil interactions published in mBio


Alison and colleagues at Uniformed Services University, University of Toronto, Tufts University, and Northwestern University published “Challenges and Controversies Concerning Neisseria gonorrhoeae-Neutrophil Interactions in Pathogenesis” in the American Society of…

May 2021: Congratulations x2 to Ian


Double congratulations to graduate student Ian Liyayi, who successfully passed his PhD qualifying exam and was reappointed to the Infectious Diseases T32 Training Grant!

April 2021: Aimee elected to Board of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae Research Society


Congratulations to postdoc Aimee Potter, who was elected as the inaugural trainee member of the Executive Board of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae Research Society ()!

December 2020: Happy holidays from the Criss lab


We gathered by Zoom, as we have the past 9 months, to make some holiday-themed crafts, reflect on an eventful year, and look forward to healthy and happy times together…

December 2020: New grant


The lab received new funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Grant AI1R21AI157539 is entitled “Complement-independent role of C4 binding protein in gonococcal survival from human neutrophils.” …

October 2020: Aimee and Alison present at the NgoRS Conference


Aimee and Alison were invited to give talks at the inaugural Neisseria gonorrhoeae Research Society Conference, held virtually October 21-24 ()

August 2020: Farewell to Asya


The Criss lab gathered outdoors to wish Dr. Asya Smirnov all the best on her move to Washington University in St. Louis. Asya has been an integral part of the…

July 2020: Ian appointed to the Infectious Diseases Training Grant


Congratulations to Ian, who was appointed to the UVA Infectious Diseases T32 Training Grant! The training grant brings together predoctoral and MD fellows for integrated training in infectious diseases research.

July 2020: Alison participates in NIH Train the Trainers virtual meeting


Alison was honored to attend the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education’s Train the Trainers series of virtual lectures and small group discussions on mentorship ().