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 SARS-CoV-2, HIV, pathogenic bacteria of the airway and gut, cancer causing viruses, 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.
Changes to Seminars offered by Microbiology
Starting in April all three seminar series will move to in-person format. The virtual option will no longer be available. Also, snacks and refreshments will be provided before the seminar and we are going to offer healthier options.
Monday, 3/27/23, 4pm, 209 JP Samantha Whiteside, PhD :: Collman Lab
Tuesday, 3/28/23, 12pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion Colleen Furey :: Hensley Lab Amber Abbott :: Weitzman Lab
Wednesday, 3/29/23, 12pm, CRB Auditorium Cancelled :: Cancelled “Cancelled”