Category: Lab News

May 2023: Amy advances to PhD candidacy


Congratulations to Amy, who successfully passed her qualifying exam on May 10! Amy is investigating ribosomal protein turnover and zinc homeostasis in Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

April 2023: Aimee’s review on gonococcal metabolism accepted


Congratulations to Aimee, whose review “Dinner Date: Neisseria gonorrhoeae central carbon metabolism and pathogenesis” was accepted for publication in Emerging Topics in Life Sciences!

April 2023: Congratulations Dr. Lacie Werner!


Lacie Werner defended her PhD on April 24, entitled “The complement-independent role of C4b-binding protein in Neisseria gonorrhoeae pathogenesis.” Congratulations Dr. Werner!

February 2023: Asya’s manuscript accepted in Journal of Leukocyte Biology


Congratulations to former Criss lab Senior Scientist Dr. Asya Smirnov and many coauthors from the lab and at UVA on acceptance of “Phagocytosis via complement receptor 3 enables microbes to evade killing…

February 2023: Lacie’s manuscript accepted in PLOS Pathogens


Congratulations to Lacie, former lab members and coauthors Allie, Jocelyn, and Asya, and collaborators Anna Blom, Frida Mohlin, Meagan Belcher Dufrisne, and Linda Columbus on acceptance of her manuscript “Neisseria gonorrhoeae co-opts…

February 2023: Welcome to Mary and Cami


A warm welcome to new Criss lab graduate students Mary Wakim and Cami Westlake! Dr. Aimee Potter did the honors on behalf of Alison at the BIMS Lab Coat Ceremony.

January 2023: Nutritional Immunity PLOS Pathogens Pearl published


Congratulations to Ian L., Amy, and Jocelyn on the acceptance of their PLOS Pathogens Pearls article, titled “Metal piracy by Neisseria gonorrhoeae to overcome human nutritional immunity”! It succinctly summarizes…

January 2023: Ian Glomski joins the Criss lab


We are delighted to welcome back Ian Glomski to the Department of MIC! As Senior Scientist, Ian will be leading development of a biomimetic model of the human female genital…

October 2022: Criss Lab presents at IPNC 2022


Alison, Aimee, Jocelyn, Lacie, Amaris, Ian, and Evan traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to attend the 2022 International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference. Alison gave a plenary talk, Aimee, Lacie, and…

September 2022: Evan passes his qualifying exam


Congratulations to Evan Lamb, the newest PhD candidate in the Criss lab! Evan is investigating interactions among Neisseria gonorrhoeae, complement, and neutrophils.