Lab News

Welcome Urmila Bharathan to the Criss Lab

We welcome Urmila Bharathan to the Criss Lab! Urmila is a rising 2nd year at UVA majoring in Biology. Her summer research will explore the role of gonococcal efflux pumps in bacterial resistance to neutrophils.

Jacqueline and Becky were appointed to the UVA Infectious Diseases T32 Training Grant

Congratulations to Jacqueline Stevens and Becky Dunning, who were appointed to the UVA Infectious Diseases T32 Training Grant for 2015-2016!

Kylene Daily graduates and is our new Lab Specialist

Kylene Daily celebrated her graduation from UVA College of Arts and Sciences with a BS in Chemistry (ACS Certified) and after 3 years of undergraduate research in the Criss Lab. Congratulations, Kylene! We are glad Kylene is staying on in our group as a Lab Specialist.

We welcome Rebecca Dunning to the Criss lab!

Becky received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and worked at  the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services before matriculating in the BIMS program. Becky will examine the mechanisms governing phagosome maturation in neutrophils containing Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Welcome Yonathan Michael to the Criss Lab

We welcome Yonathan Michael to the Criss Lab! Yonnie is a rising 3rd year UVA Nanomedicine major. This summer, he will be investigating the fate of Opa+ liposomes in neutrophils, in collaboration with the Columbus Lab. Yonnie was selected for UVA nanoSTAR funding for this research. Congratulations, Yonnie!

Asya publishes article in Journal of Immunological Methods

Congratulations to Asya, whose manuscript with Joanne Lannigan and Mike Solga, “An Improved Method for Differentiating Cell-bound from Internalized Particles by Imaging Flow Cytometry,” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Immunological Methods! The manuscript can be accessed here.

Criss lab attends 2015 Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting

Alison, Asya, Rick, Jonathan, Stephanie, Jacqueline, and Kylene attended the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting at Wintergreen Resort. Rick gave a talk, Asya, Jonathan, Stephanie, and Kylene presented posters, and Alison convened a session.

Rick and Jacqueline publish in Journal of Infectious Diseases

January 2015: Congratulations to Rick and Jacqueline, whose manuscript “A thermonuclease of Neisseria gonorrhoeae enhances bacterial escape from killing by neutrophil extracellular traps” was accepted at The Journal of Infectious Diseases!“ The manuscript can be accessed here.”

Jonathan publishes article in Cellular Microbiology

December 2014: Congratulations to Jonathan, whose manuscript “The lipooligosaccharide-modifying enzyme LptA enhances gonococcal defense against human neutrophils” was accepted at Cellular Microbiology! A link to the manuscript can be found here.

Brittany, Louise, and Kylene publish in Cellular Microbiology

October 2014: Congratulations to Brittany, Louise, and Kylene, whose manuscript “Opa+ Neisseria gonorrhoeae exhibits reduced survival in human neutrophils via Src family kinase-mediated bacterial trafficking into mature phagolysosomes” was accepted at Cellular Microbiology! The manuscript can be found here.