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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

Conversaciones sobre COVID-19: Entrevista con dos investigadoras de la Penn a que nos contarán sobre las vacunas disponibles para COVID-19. Organizado por la Casa de Venezuela y la Coalición Latina de Philadelphia https://fb.me/e/Ibz4IREo

Wednesday, 3/10 | Microbiology Seminar | Raphael H. Valdivia, PhD
12-1 PM | Bluejeans link: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/xqbzwhrb

During Black History Month we remember Dr. Jane Hinton, who graduated from Penn Vet in 1949. She and Dr. Alfreda Johnson Webb from the Tuskegee Institute became the nation's first Black female veterinarians. #BlackHistoryMonth

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Happy Friday, everyone! Our final February #MeetPennMicro feature is Víctor R. Vázquez Marrero! Victor is an @IGGPenn graduate student in @SunnyShinLab. Victor is from Bayamón, Puerto Rico and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras. (1/3)

Some useful advice here for effective mentoring:
Tailor mentoring to individuals' needs.
Encourage Focus
Fan the flames of enthusiasm
Promote risk taking
Model persistence
Empower trainees
Emphasize storytelling
Have fun https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2021/01/26/nobel-laureate-shares-10-rules-being-effective-mentor-young-research-scholars

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EVENTS


Prokaryotic Seminar
Monday, 3/1/21 4pm
Isabella Rauch, PhD :: Oregon HSU
Inflammasome mediated intestinal epithelial defense against pathogens

Virology Seminar
Coming Soon

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 3/3/21 12pm: Virtual Seminar
William Petri, PhD :: UVA
Cryptosporidiosis in infants in Bangladesh: Parasite genetic diversity, host immunity and health impact

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)