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.


Super excited that it's also #BlackInMicroWeek 👋🏽 Jasmine here! I’m a @PennMicro postdoc in the @SunnyShinLab and my research focuses on understanding how variations in bacterial LPS activates the human non-canonical inflammasome! #BIMRollCall #BlackInMicro #BlackInBacteriology

🚨 Please share/RT - Join us on Sept 30 @ 6pm for a virtual panel on strategies for mentoring underrepresented minority students. Register ➡️ https://forms.gle/5fxMVWrH3dXYd1JWA #mentoringmatters #mentoring #AcademicChatter #phdchat

Do you have COVID-19? Disinfecting your home correctly and frequently can help keep others around you safe, especially if you live in a shared space. Check out these tips!
#MaskUPenn #MaskupPHL #StayHomeStaySafe https://flic.kr/p/2jCnn2S

Sept. 2020 Benchmarks 👉 discoveries in cancer immunotherapy, aging, flu, #COVID19 effects on the brain + more. Featuring @SCOTTeHENSLEY, @IAmDrDex, @golnaz_v, @kelliejurado, @UPenn_SongMing, @DavidFajgenbaum + MORE 🤯🤯 https://bit.ly/3iZx4p6

Congrats to Micro Assistant Professor Kellie Jurado--named by Cell to be among the 100 inspiring Hispanic/Latinx scientists in America!

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Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 9/30/20 12pm: Virtual Seminar
Michael Fischbach, PhD :: Stanford Univ.
Small molecules from the human microbiota

ProK Semimar
Monday, 10/5/20  4pm
Rita Tamayo, PhD :: UNC
“Phenotypic heterogeneity impacts the virulence of Clostridioides difficile”

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)