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.


Cold Spring Harbor Lab presents COVID/SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Research Reports virtual conference series! First session is 6/16-6/17. Registration deadline 6/11 4PM EST. Speaker list and registration are linked below! #SARSCoV2 #COVID19 https://meetings.cshl.edu/meetings.aspx?meet=COVID-R3-1&year=20

TODAY at 12pm, Microbiology Seminar
David Weiss, PhD
Emory University School of Medicine
“Exploitation of antibiotic heteroresistance to combat pan-resistant bacteria”

"We're profiling the immune systems of patients in different stages of #COVID19 and sharing it with clinicians in real-time to improve treatment." Senior Research Investigator Leticia Kuri-Cervantes, PhD, with the .@BettsLab. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2zlOcDT


TV SPECIAL📺: David Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc will be featured on tonight’s Diane Sawyer ABC special @ 9PM EST. He will discuss his CORONA project, a systematic review of treatments administered to the first 9,152 reported cases of #COVID19 @DavidFajgenbaum https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.07.20073981v1

The front-line researchers: how Penn scientists are stepping up to fight #COVID19 #SARSCoV2 #coronavirus. Read part one here! @SCOTTeHENSLEY @PennMedBench @PennMedNews https://www.pennmedicine.org/news/news-blog/2020/may/the-next-generation-of-scientists-steps-up-to-fight-the-pandemic

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Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 5/27/20, 12pm: BlueJeans Link
David Weiss, PhD :: Emory University
“Exploitation of antibiotic heteroresistance to combat pan-resistant bacteria”

Virology Seminar
Tuesday, 6/2/20, 12pm
Marilia Pinzone, PhD (O’Doherty Lab); Nathan Krump (You Lab)

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