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.


Congratulations to @PennMedicine, @PennMicro, @LevyLavPenn, Maayan Levy on being named a 2019 Searle Scholar! For more: https://t.co/draxxxOgOi

Save the Date! The PennCHOP Microbiome Program will be participating in the Philadelphia Science Festival as part of the Be A Scientist Event at the CHOP Beurger Center on April 26th. Come by to see us and learn more about the human microbiome!

Check out the latest news on Microbiome Research at Penn!
https://t.co/Tf1d2G3E7a @PCMicrobiome @PennMicro @ChristophThaiss @LevyLabUPenn @joeyzacks

Very excited about my first author (& first ever!) paper out in @mbiojournal today! Co-first author collab w/ @stgoldst on MERS-CoV accessory proteins NS4a & NS4b https://t.co/boCgOvkvKm

We are thrilled to have @kelliejurado joining the Microbiology Dept @Penn ! She accepted our offer yesterday. Kellie also has the great honor of being named a Presidential Professor by @Penn president Amy Gutman! Welcome, Kellie!

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Prokaryotic Seminar
Monday, 4/15/19, 4pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Shu Sin Ching, PhD ::
National Univ of Singapore
“Bacterial lipid trafficking and outer membrane homeostasis

Virology Seminar
Tuesday, 4/6/19, 12pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Devin Fisher (Lopez Lab) :: Leticia Kuri-Cervantes, PhD (Betts Lab)

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 4/17/19, 12pm, CRB Auditorium
Joshua Woodward, PhD :: Univ of Washington
“Cytosolic RECONnaissance: Host strategies for detecting bacterial cyclic dinucleotides”