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.


Rick was interviewed for an article on @6abc about the future of #Omicron in the Philadelphia region.
#phl #coronavirus #variant

Co-director Dr. Susan Weiss @weisssr was featured as a guest on the podcast @whyyradiotimes on their episode called "Omicron: a Reality Check."
Listen to it here: https://whyy.org/episodes/omicron-a-reality-check/
#omicron #coronavirus #variant

Listen to Dr. Susan Weiss @weisssr, the vice chair of the department, speak on the @whyyradiotimes episode "Omicron: a Reality Check."
Check out the podcast here: https://whyy.org/episodes/omicron-a-reality-check/
#omicron #coronavirus #variant

Great article and interview with @bushmanlab We're luck to have Rick and his team on the case for viral sequencing at Penn and in the Delaware Valley. https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid-omicron-variant-penn-bushman-virus-sequence-genome-20211201.html

Read about how our lab is working with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to monitor for the rise of the #Omicron variant in this @whyy article.
S/o to our resident grad student @andrewdmarques and many others for their hard work!

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Prokaryotic Seminar Monday, 12.6/21  4pm  209 Johnson Pav Julian Hurdle, PhD :: Texas A&M Mechanisms and impact of antibiotic resistance in Clostridioides difficile infection Virology Seminar Tuesday, 12/7/21  12pm  209 Johnson Pav Teddy Steinbock (Weitzman Lab) :: June Yang (You Lab) Microbiology Seminar Wednesday, 12/8/21  12pm Indira Mysorekar, PhD :: Baylor College of Medicine Infection and immunity in the urinary tract” https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/xqbzwhrb Symposium III: Understanding COVID-19 and Addressing Disparities in Care, 1-5pm, Nov 2, 2021 (All Talks) (sponsored by the Penn Center for Research on Coronavirus and Other Emerging Pathogens) 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)