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

Check out the exciting new paper from Norbert Pardi and Michela Locci in Immunity--robust immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 with an mRNA vaccine:
https://www.cell.com/immunity/fulltext/S1074-7613(20)30326-5

🚨 Join #Microbiology, #Virology, & #Parasitology faculty, alumni, & PhD trainees on Aug 5, for a panel discussion on the research, mentoring, resources, & community that @CAMBUpenn has to offer & why MVP is the ideal prog for your #PhD. Register: https://bit.ly/2ZPSXjD

AT 10 years I think we can say our first CAR T patient is cured. https://twitter.com/BLLPHD/status/1289169523455791104

New study led by @SCOTTeHENSLEY (@PennMicro) finds Black & Hispanic pregnant women in Philadelphia tested positive for #COVID19 antibodies 5x as often as their white counterparts ft. @DrPaulOffit (@ChildrensPhila) @PENNCoV https://bit.ly/3jwJCVG

Join #Microbiology, #Virology, & #Parasitology faculty, alumni, & PhD trainees on August 5, for a panel discussion on the research, mentoring, resources, & community that @CAMBUpenn has to offer & why MVP is the ideal program for your #PhD. To register: https://bit.ly/2ZPSXjD

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