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.


The Bushman laboratory has an opening for a bioinformatician A/B: https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/recruiting/upenn/PSOM/job/Med-JPM-Microbiology/Bioinformatician-A-B--Microbiology---Hybrid-Eligible-_JR00056118-1

Last week we lost Neal Nathanson, a terrific role model and scientific leader. Neal served as Chair of Microbiology and a Vice Dean at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the NIH Office of AIDS Research. A more on his remarkable life is here:

Maybe chewing gum is the key to battling respiratory viruses?? Check out the new paper from Daniell et al.:

Congratulations @BrodskyIgor on receiving the inaugural Robert R. Marshak Professorship at @pennvet! Truly well-deserved recognition of your many outstanding contributions & commitment to science, service, and mentorship! 🎉🥰 https://twitter.com/pennvet/status/1556658286954303494

Christie's just sold NFT art based on the Weissman/Kariko modified mRNA technology for $226,800. Proceeds to benefit biomedical research. Congrats to all involved!

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