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

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

Wednesday, 3/3 | Microbiology Seminar | William Petri, MD, PhD
12-1 PM | Bluejeans link: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/xqbzwhrb

Wednesday, 2/24 | Microbiology Seminar | Carla Saleh, PhD
12-1 PM | Bluejeans link: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/xqbzwhrb

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EVENTS


Special Workshop
Monday, 2/22/21 4pm: Virtual Seminar
Batsirai Bvunzawabaya, Ph.D., Alaine Spiegel, Ph.D. :: CAPS
“The Mental Health Impact of Microaggressions”

Virology Seminar
Coming Soon

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 2/24/21 12pm: Virtual Seminar
Carla Saleh, PhD :: Institut Pasteur
Small RNA pathways and antiviral immunity in drosophila and mosquitos

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)