Alison K. Criss


  • BA, Williams College
  • PhD, Harvard University
  • Postdoc, Northwestern University

Primary Appointment

  • Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology


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Thin-section transmission electron micrograph of N. gonorrhoeae-infected neutrophil.

Fluorescence/phase-contrast image of human neutrophils infected with strain FA1090 N. gonorrhoeae for 60 minutes. Green particles are intracellular bacteria; red/yellow particles are extracellular bacteria.

Selected Publications

  • Juneau R, Stevens J, Apicella M, Criss A. A thermonuclease of Neisseria gonorrhoeae enhances bacterial escape from killing by neutrophil extracellular traps. The Journal of infectious diseases. 2015;212(2): 316-24. PMID: 25605868 | PMCID: PMC4490236
  • Smirnov A, Solga M, Lannigan J, Criss A. An improved method for differentiating cell-bound from internalized particles by imaging flow cytometry. Journal of immunological methods. 2015;423 60-9. PMID: 25967947 | PMCID: PMC4522237
  • Handing J, Criss A. The Lipooligosaccharide Modifying Enzyme LptA Enhances Gonococcal Defense Against Human Neutrophils. Cellular microbiology. 2014. PMID: 25537831
  • Johnson M, Ball L, Daily K, Martin J, Columbus L, Criss A. Opa+ Neisseria gonorrhoeae exhibits reduced survival in human neutrophils via Src family kinase-mediated bacterial trafficking into mature phagolysosomes. Cellular microbiology. 2014. PMID: 25346239 | PMCID: PMC4402142
  • Ball L, Criss A. Constitutively Opa-expressing and Opa-deficient neisseria gonorrhoeae strains differentially stimulate and survive exposure to human neutrophils. Journal of bacteriology. 2013;195(13): 2982-90. PMID: 23625842 | PMCID: PMC3697530
  • Johnson M, Criss A. Fluorescence microscopy methods for determining the viability of bacteria in association with mammalian cells. Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE. 2013;. PMID: 24056524 | PMCID: PMC3814296
  • Johnson M, Criss A. Neisseria gonorrhoeae phagosomes delay fusion with primary granules to enhance bacterial survival inside human neutrophils. Cellular microbiology. 2013. PMID: 23374609 | PMCID: NIHMS444867
  • Smirnov A, Daily K, Criss A. Assembly of NADPH oxidase in human neutrophils is modulated by the opacity-associated protein expression state of Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Infection and immunity. 2013. PMID: 24343654 | PMCID: PMC3957997
  • Stohl E, Dale E, Criss A, Seifert H. Neisseria gonorrhoeae metalloprotease NGO1686 is required for full piliation, and piliation is required for resistance to H2O2- and neutrophil-mediated killing. mBio. 2013;4(4). PMID: 23839218 | PMCID: PMC3735123
  • Criss A, Seifert H. A bacterial siren song: intimate interactions between Neisseria and neutrophils. Nature reviews. Microbiology. 2012;10(3): 178-90. PMID: 22290508 | PMCID: PMC3569855
  • Johnson M, Criss A. Resistance of Neisseria gonorrhoeae to neutrophils. Frontiers in microbiology. 2011;2 77. PMID: 21747795 | PMCID: PMC3128980
  • Criss AK, Erickson LD. The Complement Cascade and Bacterial Complement Resistance TBL MedEdPORTAL. .