OUR DEPARTMENT

The inhabitants of Earth are mostly microbes, and their activities are central to human welfare. Microbes can cause disease, but a properly functioning microbiome is essential for health. Microbes spoil food, but drive many forms of food production. Microbes mediate organismic decay, but catalyze numerous geochemical processes essential for life on Earth.

Research in the Penn Microbiology Department focuses on infectious agents that threaten global health, with an emphasis on understanding molecular mechanisms and developing key new methods. Areas of focus include pathogenic bacteria of the airway and gut, HIV/AIDS, insect- and rodent-borne viruses, herpes viruses, papillomaviruses, emerging infectious diseases and the human microbiome. On the host side, faculty study many areas of immunology related to infection, including innate and adaptive immunity, tumor immunology and vaccine development.

NEWS

📣The @PennInspire Community Forum is TODAY❗️

Dr. Nawar Naseer (@naseernawar) & Katie Strelau (@KatieStrelau) will join us today (9/23) at 5pm ET to discuss their experience leading a contact tracing initiative as @CAMBUpenn MVP students.

Register here: http://bit.ly/2Wu8E0F

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‼️Reminder‼️ The Fall 2021 #Microbiology Seminar Series starts today!

Today's speaker, Dr. Pamela Bjorkman (@bjorkmanlab) of @Caltech, will discuss "Neutralizing antibodies against the coronavirus".

Join us via BlueJeans at 12pm ET: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/xqbzwhrb

The @PennInspire Community Forum is only 2 days away!

Dr. César de la Fuente (@delafuenteupenn), Presidential Assistant Professor at @Penn, will join us this Thursday (9/23) at 5pm ET to discuss the development of a rapid SARS-CoV-2 test.

Register here: https://bit.ly/2Wu8E0F

The Fall 2021 #Microbiology Seminar Series kicks off tomorrow, Wednesday (9/22) at 12pm ET!

Dr. Pamela Bjorkman (@bjorkmanlab) of @Caltech will be joining us to discuss "Neutralizing antibodies against the coronavirus".

See more below!

#coronavirus #antibodies

The inaugural @PennInspire Community Forum is fast approaching!

Dr. Susan Weiss (@weisssr), Co-Director of @PENNCoV, will join us this Thursday (9/23) at 5pm ET to discuss the latest insights into the biology and origin of SARS-CoV-2.

Register here: https://bit.ly/2Wu8E0F

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EVENTS


Prokaryotic Seminar
Monday, 9/27/21  4pm  209 Johnson Pav
Daria Va Tuyne, PhD :: Univ Pittsburgh
Evolution of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) during GI tract colonization and human infection”

Virology Seminar
Tuesday, 9/28/21  12pm  209 Johnson Pav
Alex Price (Weitzman Lab)

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 9/29/21  12pm
Jae Jung, PhD :: Cleveland Clinic
“Immunological sequele of emerging viral infection during pregnancy”
https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/xqbzwhrb

 

Symposium II: The Developing COVID-19 Epidemic, July 8, 2020 (All Talks)
(sponsored by the Penn Center for Research on Coronavirus and Other Emerging Pathogens)

Symposium I: The Coronavirus Outbreak, April 3, 2020 (All Talks)
(sponsored by the Penn Center for Research on Coronavirus and Other Emerging Pathogens)