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

1st-ever @US_FDA approved trial testing multiplex #CRISPR genome editing sheds new light on CRISPR-edited immune cell function ft. @carlhjune, Simon Lacey (@PennPathLabMed); Edward Stadtmauer (@PennMedicine) & Joseph Fraietta (@PennMicro) @PennCancer https://t.co/Zxy7dh9f1e

🚨Please share/RT: Are you interested in doing a #postdoc @Penn? Don’t miss out on the opp to apply to #PennVIEW2020. This is a great venue to meet faculty & #postdocs & learn abt the groundbreaking research done @Penn. To apply https://t.co/DTlneWiwhT: Deadline: March 1

I am looking forward to hosting Mike Worobey for the @PennMicro seminar series tomorrow at noon. Check it out if you are in Philly!
#WorobeyIsAwesome
#GosticForLife

🚨Please share/RT: Are you interested in doing a #postdoc @PennMedicine? Don’t miss out on the opp to apply to #PennVIEW2020. This is a great venue to meet faculty & #postdocs & learn abt the groundbreaking research done @Penn. To apply https://t.co/DTlneWiwhT: Deadline: Feb 15!

Results from the first US test of #CRISPR gene editing in patients for cancer therapy by @PennMicro new faculty recruit Joe Fraietta! 👏🏽

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EVENTS

Prokaryotic Seminar
Monday, 2/24/20, 4pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Antonia Bass (Shin Lab)

Virology Seminar
Tuesday, 2/25/20, 12pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Scott Sherrill-Mix, PhD (Bushman/Hahn Labs) : Max Ferretti, PhD (Cherry/Lynch Labs)

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 2/26/20, 12pm, CRB Auditorium
Isaac Chiu, PhD :: Harvard
“Role of Nociceptor Neurons in Barrier Immunity and Host defense”