Alison Criss, PhD
Alison received her PhD from Harvard Medical School on Salmonella infection of polarized epithelial cells. As a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, she investigated the process of gonococcal pilin antigenic variation and developed new approaches for studying gonococcal interactions with human neutrophils. Her lab investigates the mechanisms underlying survival of gonococci to neutrophils, which allow the bacteria to evade innate immune-mediated clearance. Alison is the co-founder and Director of the UVA Global Infectious Diseases Institute, a pan-University entity (http://gidi.virginia.edu).