Alison receives Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

September 2014 – Alison received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching! Information about the award can be found here.

An excerpt of the Award poster can be found here.

NIH Grant funded

August 2014 – R21 AI110889, “Gonococcal Nuclease Mediated Escape from Neutrophil Extracellular Traps” (Alison Criss, PI) was funded by the National Institutes of Health

Criss lab members appointed to Training Grants

July 2014 – Congratulations to Stephanie and Jacqueline for appointment to the Infectious Diseases and the Medical Scientist Training Program training grants, respectively!

Promotion to Associate Professor

July 2014 – Alison was promoted to Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology

Neutrophil 2014 International Symposium

June 2014 – Asya presented a poster at  Neutrophil 2014 International Symposium in Montreal, Canada

AAMC’s MedEdPORTAL Publication

June 2014 – Alison and colleague Loren Erickson published their manuscript “The Complement System and Bacterial Complement Resistance: Team-Based Learning” in AAMC’s MedEdPORTAL.  A link to the manuscript can be found here (requires registration).


May 2014 – Huge congratulations to Brittany Johnson, PhD! Brittany’s dissertation is entitled “Mechanisms of Neisseria gonorrhoeae Survival in Primary Human Neutrophils.”

General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology

May 2014 Jonathan and Rick presented posters at the General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Boston, MA

UVA Medical Scientist Training Program Student in the Lab

April 2014 – We welcome Jacqueline Stevens to the Criss Lab! Jacqueline received her undergraduate degree from UVA and is currently a MD/PhD candidate in the UVA Medical Scientist Training Program.

Kylene is awarded Hutcheson Fund Stipend

March 2014 – Kylene was awarded a stipend from the Hutcheson Fund to support her Summer 2014 research in the Criss lab on mechanisms of gonococcal internalization by human neutrophils. Congratulations, Kylene!