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.


Congratulations to Christoph Thaiss on being awarded the 2018 Agilent Early Career Professor Award. He studies the #microbiome and how it affects human response to environmental cues. @PennMicro, @AgilentLife, @PennMedicine

Congrats to Jianxin You, Assoc. Professor @PennMicro on her recent publication "Molecular mechanisms of viral oncogenesis in humans"

A universal flu vaccine is one step closer to reality. “If it works in humans even half as well as it does in mice, the sky’s the limit:” @SCOTTeHENSLEY & Drew Weissman. @NatureComms, @NIH, @NIAIDNews, @PennMicro, @kxp130
https://t.co/4wdUitn3ZP #fluvaccine #SuperScience

Great piece in @Penn_Today featuring a number of Penn Biomedical faculty and their #SUIP mentees, including @PennMicro Assoc. Professor Sunny Shin and her student Victor Vasquez-Marrero. Mentoring tomorrow’s biomedical researchers https://t.co/GyrrVZbpoS

CAR T Cell Therapy Receives Approval for Use Across European Union! @pennmed @pennmicro https://t.co/TiOx7dy9Hp

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Prokaryotic Seminar
Monday, 9/24/18, 4pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Maayan Levy, Ph.D./ Univ of Pennsylvania
‘Intestinal Epithelial Cell Functions in Host-Microbiome Interactions’

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 9/26/18, 12pm, CRB Auditorium
Eric Delwart, PhD/ UCSF
“Koch’s postulates in the age of viral metagenomics”