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 SARS-CoV-2, HIV, pathogenic bacteria of the airway and gut, cancer causing viruses, 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.

Departmental Events

  • Prokaryotic Seminar

    Monday, Dec 18, 4pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion

    Hyuntae Byun, Zhu Lab "Crustaceans as a Trojan horse for Vibrio invasion of hosts"

  • Virology Seminar

    Tuesday, Dec 12, 12pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion Edward Krieder, MD, PhD ::  Weissman Lab “mRNA delivery of Tat antagonizes HIV-1 latency”

  • Microbiology Seminar

    Wednesday, Nov 29, 12pm, Austrian Auditorium, CRB Nicholas Arpaia, PhD  ::  Columbia “Probiotic neoantigen delivery vectors for precision cancer immunotherapy”


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