Lab News

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)!

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.


Invitation to present at NIH Imagestream Working Group

February 2016: Asya was invited to present her recent research using imaging flow cytometry at the National Institutes of Health Imagestream Working Group meeting. She attended with Joanne Lannigan, Director of the UVA Flow Cytometry Core and collaborator on this project.

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 convenes session at ASM

Alison convened the session “Making a Happy Home: New Concepts in Niche Modulation by Microbial Pathogens” at the 115th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans.