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.


Ranawaka A.P.M. Perera, PhD, will be presenting the Microbiology Seminar on "Early investigations into MERS-CoV and the identification of its zoonotic reservoir" today at noon!
Links to learn more about his research:

Congrats to John McGinnis and the team for publishing their nice study of influences of the microbiome on lung transplantation outcome. Pepsin and inflammation are linked to primary graft dysfunction.
PMID: 36103583

The Penn Institute for RNA Innovation is a
new institute led by Drew Weissman that facilitates collaboration & interdisciplinary research surrounding RNA. Learn more about it here:


The Bushman laboratory has an opening for a bioinformatician B/C. Generous salary range. Qualified folks encouraged to apply!!

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Prokaryotic Seminar
Monday, 10/3/22, 4pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Arnold Mathijssen, PhD :: Penn
“Microbial fluid mechanics: From upstream swimming and nutrient uptake to hydrodynamic signalling”

Virology Seminar
Tuesday, 10/4/22, 12pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Iulia Tapescu, Cherry Lab/ Teddy Steinbock, Weitzman Lab

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 10/5/22, 12pm, CRB Aud or: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/xqbzwhrb
Darin Latimore, MD ::  Yale (use this link: https://yale.zoom.us/j/93300677548?from=addon )
“Implicit Bias

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)