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

Wednesday, 4/21 | Microbiology Seminar | Anita Sil, MD, PhD
12-1 PM | Bluejeans link: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/xqbzwhrb

We are excited to announce that we are launching a new Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Response (CEIRR) at Penn. We are excited to be part of this important network!
https://www.niaid.nih.gov/news-events/niaid-funds-new-influenza-research-network

Courtney Comar @court_comar from the Weiss lab @weisssr defends tomorrow

Wednesday, 4/14 | Microbiology Seminar | Seema Lakdawala, PhD
12-1 PM | Bluejeans link: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/xqbzwhrb

Excited to see the @bushmanlab COVID-19 airway microbiome manuscript on MedRxiv! Here's some of what we found:

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.04.02.21254514v1

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EVENTS


Prokaryotic Seminar
Monday, 4/19/21 4pm
Irene Garcia Newton, PhD :: Indiana Univ
“Getting by with a little help from your friends: protective symbionts in the honey bee”

Virology Seminar
Tuesday, 4/20/21 12pm
Mary Margaret Addison, Eisenlohr Lab / David Renner, Weiss Lab

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 4/21/21 12pm: Virtual Seminar
Anita Sil, MD, PhD :: UCSF
“Regulation of cell shape virulence by temperature in the fungal pathogen Histoplasma capsulatum”

Symposium II: The Developing COVID-19 Epidemic, July 8, 2020 (All Talks)
(sponsored by the Penn Center for Research on Coronavirus and Other Emerging Pathogens)

Symposium I: The Coronavirus Outbreak, April 3, 2020 (All Talks)
(sponsored by the Penn Center for Research on Coronavirus and Other Emerging Pathogens)