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 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.

Departmental Events

  • Prokaryotic Seminar

    Monday, May 20, 4pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion

    Ceylan Tanes :: CHOP Microbiome Program

    “Antibiotic exposure and the gut microbiome in healthy term infants”


  • Virology Seminar

    Tuesday, May 21, 12pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion

    Brian Shi, PhD, Cherry Lab :: Ross England, MD, PhD, Hensley Lab

    “Uridine Cytidine Kinase 1 promotes SARS-CoV-2 infection through regulating lipid metabolism”

    "SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in presence of maternal antibodies"

  • Microbiology Seminar

    Seminars will resume in Fall 2024



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