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.


We are hiring a new postdoc to work on projects related to flu antibody responses and flu evolution. It should be awesome. Please email us directly (hensley at https://t.co/2HHf5kDkQp) if interested.
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We are hiring! A Bioinformatics Scientist II position is open now in the CHOP Microbiome Center. Check out the link below for more details:
Bioinformatics Scientist II https://t.co/ik1meqifDw

Congratulations to Christoph Thaiss on being awarded the 2018 Agilent Early Career Professor Award. He studies the #microbiome and how it affects human response to environmental cues. @PennMicro, @AgilentLife, @PennMedicine

Congrats to Jianxin You, Assoc. Professor @PennMicro on her recent publication "Molecular mechanisms of viral oncogenesis in humans"

A universal flu vaccine is one step closer to reality. “If it works in humans even half as well as it does in mice, the sky’s the limit:” @SCOTTeHENSLEY & Drew Weissman. @NatureComms, @NIH, @NIAIDNews, @PennMicro, @kxp130
https://t.co/4wdUitn3ZP #fluvaccine #SuperScience

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Prokaryotic Seminar
Monday, 10/22/18, 4pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Elisabet Bjanes, PhD : Brodsky Lab

Virology Seminar
Tuesday, 10/23/18, 12pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Grant Eilers, Bushman Lab : Tyler Garretson, Hensley Lab

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 10/24/18, 12pm, CRB Auditorium
Victor Nizet, MD : UCSD
““Collaborating with the Innate Immune System to Treat Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs”