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.


Joseph Fraietta, soon to join us here @PennMicro, was awarded National Clinical Research Achievement Award from the Clinical Research Forum! https://t.co/cmauNi1CFR

Check out the new paper from Holly Ramage on flaviruses and RNA metabolism! https://t.co/MDYm6BkDyc

Evidence in favor of the sterile womb hypothesis and against the placenta microbiome: check out the recent editorial in @AJOG_thegray. #microbiome

Science undergrads, are you thinking about what to do after you graduate? It’s never too early and it's not too late to think about your options. Here are 5 career planning tips, to guide you on on your way to a successful science career. https://t.co/Pr1HnUEJYY

Save the Date: 2019 Symposium on High-throughput Screening Technologies at Penn: Gaulton Auditorium, BRB, June 27th! More to come. https://t.co/e2F9aIX5qa

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Prokaryotic Seminar
Monday, 3/25/19, 4pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Shonna McBride, PhD ::
Emory University
“Molecular Mechanisms of C. difficile adaptation to host cathelicidin”

Virology Seminar
Tuesday, 3/26/19, 12pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Emmanuelle Genoyer (Lopez Lab) :: Christin Hermann (Weitzman Lab)

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 3/27/19, 12pm, CRB Auditorium
Michael Starnbach PhD :: Harvard Medical School
“Chlamydia Infection – A Strategy of Stealth”