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

Maybe chewing gum is the key to battling respiratory viruses?? Check out the new paper from Daniell et al.:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0142961222003118?via%3Dihub

Congratulations @BrodskyIgor on receiving the inaugural Robert R. Marshak Professorship at @pennvet! Truly well-deserved recognition of your many outstanding contributions & commitment to science, service, and mentorship! 🎉🥰 https://twitter.com/pennvet/status/1556658286954303494

Christie's just sold NFT art based on the Weissman/Kariko modified mRNA technology for $226,800. Proceeds to benefit biomedical research. Congrats to all involved!
https://nftevening.com/mrna-vaccine-fighting-covid-sold-as-an-nft-for-226800/

Anelloviruses and Redondoviruses are widespread commensals in humans. Check out the intriguing new review article by Louis Taylor and Emma Keeler.
https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1fRuP6hO9tU7J2

The Bushman laboratory has an opening for a bioinformatician A/B:
https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/recruiting/upenn/PSOM/job/Med-JPM-Microbiology/Bioinformatician-A-B--Microbiology---Hybrid-Eligible-_JR00056118-1

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