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

Save the Date: 2019 Symposium on High-throughput Screening Technologies at Penn: Gaulton Auditorium, BRB, June 27th! More to come. https://t.co/e2F9aIX5qa

Spotted in today's issue of @Penn_Today : a piece on the research of many talented #microbiome researchers including @SarahTishkoff @Meagan_Ru @bushmanlab , who examined the diversity of the #gut #microbiome among rural African populations https://t.co/o6XeVYoGEE

In the largest study of its kind, researchers at Penn investigated the gut microbiomes of people from ethnically diverse populations in Botswana & Tanzania. Their findings illuminate the impact of lifestyle, geography, & genetics in shaping the microbiome. https://t.co/JAmU1Cwiom

The PennCHOP Microbiome Program is pleased to announce its latest round of pilot grants for 2019! There will be three pilot funding mechanisms that will support up to 8 pilot grants. For more information:
https://t.co/ESgkufQwdZ

Join @UPennCEET in welcoming our chair, @bushmanlab Frederic Bushman to speak on "The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease" today at 3pm in 10-100 Smilow (STRC)! https://t.co/oYpbH8h4R6

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EVENTS

Prokaryotic Seminar
Monday, 2/18/19, 4pm, **Austrian Auditorium, CRB**
Mandie Samuels DEFENSE :: Kohli Lab
“Non-canonical Functions of the Bacterial SOS Response”

Virology Seminar
Tuesday, xx/xx/19, 12pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Name ::  Lab, and Name ::  Lab

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 2/20/19, 12pm, CRB Auditorium
Arturo Zychlinsky, PhD :: Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology
“NETs – the second function of chromatin”