Criss Lab

Associated with the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MIC), the Criss Laboratory investigates the pathogenic mechanisms of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the cause of the bacterial sexually transmitted infection gonorrhea. Gonorrhea affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide every year and has devastating effects on human health. Our research seeks to reveal vulnerabilities in the pathogen’s defense mechanisms that can be therapeutically exploited to combat this prevalent, debilitating infectious disease.

The Criss lab is affiliated with the following Programs, Centers, and Institutes at UVA:

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The Criss lab strives to conduct research of the highest rigor and ethical standards. We are a collaborative, inclusive team that is built on mutual respect, honesty, and support for each other and the research we do. We value every lab member’s unique background and perspectives: We strongly believe our diversity makes us better scientists and human beings.