Alison Criss, Ph.D.

University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia

Candidate for the Council on Microbial Sciences
University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • B.A. Williams College
  • Ph.D. Harvard University
  • Postdoc Northwestern University
Professional Experience:
  • Co-Founder and Director, UVA Global Infectious Diseases Institute, 2017-present
  • Executive Committee, UVA Infectious Diseases T32 Training Grant
  • Member, Host Interactions with Bacterial Pathogens NIH Study Section, 2018-2022
  • Chair, 2019 Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting
ASM Activities:
  • Editorial Board, Infection and Immunity
  • Guest editor, mBio
  • Symposium Convener, 2015 ASM General Meeting
Publications: (Recent)
  • Allen L-AH, Criss AK. (2019) Cell intrinsic functions of neutrophils and their manipulation by pathogens. Current Opinion in Immunology 60:124-129.
  • Palmer A, Criss AK. (2018) Gonococcal defenses against antimicrobial activities of neutrophils. Trends in Microbiology 26:1022-1034.
  • Ragland SA, Humbert MV, Christodoulides M, Criss AK. (2018) Neisseria gonorrhoeae employs two protein inhibitors to evade killing by human lysozyme. PLOS Pathogens 14:e1007080.
  • Stevens JS, Gray MC, Morisseau C, Criss AK. (2018) Endocervical and neutrophil lipoxygenases coordinate neutrophil transepithelial migration to Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The Journal of Infectious Diseases 218:1663-1674.
  • Jean S, Juneau RA, Criss AK, Cornelissen CN. (2016) Neisseria gonorrhoeae Evades Calprotectin-Mediated Nutritional Immunity and Survives Neutrophil Extracellular Traps by Expression of TdfH. Infection and Immunity 84: 2982-2994.
Research Interests:
Cellular microbiology, host-pathogen interactions, Neisseria pathogenesis, sexually transmitted infections, innate immunity to infection.

I am honored to be nominated as an at-large member of ASM’s Committee on Microbial Sciences. By serving on COMS, I welcome the opportunity to join my colleagues in helping ASM remain an outstanding advocate for the microbial sciences. I have contributed to ASM as a symposium convener, speaker, and participant at ASM General Meetings, as a reviewer, editorial board member, and guest editor for multiple ASM journals, and as a previous chair of the ASM Virginia Branch Annual Meeting. My leadership roles include directing the University of Virginia Global Infectious Diseases Institute and chairing the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting, funded in part by an ASM Conference Grant. Through COMS, I look forward to representing my colleagues’ perspectives in order to help shape the future of ASM. I am particularly interested in connecting with our student, postdoctoral fellow, and junior faculty members to ensure that ASM enables their scientific and professional success. I am also interested in bringing microbiology-oriented colleagues in other fields such as structural biology, engineering, and public policy into ASM to enhance the variety of perspectives represented by our microbiology community.