Lab News

July 2016 – Criss and Cornelissen Labs Publish in Infection and Immunity

Our collaborative research with Dr. Cynthia Cornelissen’s laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University was accepted for publication at Infection and Immunity! “Neisseria gonorrhoeae Evades Calprotectin Mediated Nutritional Immunity and Survives Neutrophil Extracellular Traps by Production of TdfH” by Sophonie Jean, Richard Juneau (Criss Lab Postdoc), Alison Criss, and Cynthia Cornelissen is available HERE.

July 2016 – Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Handing

Huge congratulations to Jonathan, who has successfully defended his PhD! Jonathan’s dissertation is entitled “Neisseria gonorrhoeae defense against human neutrophils and host-derived antimicrobials.”

July 2016 – Criss and Columbus Labs Publish in Biochemistry

The latest collaborative research on Opa proteins between the Criss lab and the lab of Linda Columbus, UVA Dept. of Chemistry was accepted for publication! “Neisserial Opa protein – CEACAM interactions: competition for receptors as a means for bacterial invasion and pathogenesis” will be published in Biochemistry. Congratulations to coauthors Jennifer Martin and Tsega Solomon from the Columbus Lab and Louise Ball from the Criss Lab! The manuscript is available HERE.

July 2016 – Alison Presents at Gordon Research Conference

Alison presented the lab’s latest research at the 2016 Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Toxins and Pathogenicity at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire (

July 2016 – Rick Juneau Faculty Position at Virginia Western

We wish Rick all the best as he leaves the Criss Lab! Rick has accepted a full-time faculty position in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, Virginia (

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.

June 2016 – We welcome Sam Clark to the Criss Lab

A big welcome to Sam, the newest Criss Lab Laboratory Specialist! Sam graduated from the University of Mary Washington in May 2016. His research will explore mechanisms of N. gonorrhoeae resistance to killing by neutrophils.

May 2016 – Kylene Daily Joins OSU Medical Scientist Training Program

We wish Kylene a fond farewell! Kylene was accepted into The Ohio State University’s Medical Scientist Training Program, which begins Summer 2016.

May 2016 – Jacqueline Appointed to Infectious Diseases Training Grant

Congratulations to Jacqueline, who was selected for a second year of predoctoral support by the NIH Infectious Diseases Training Grant (T32 AI007046)!