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

Hiiyyeeee!👋🏽 I’m Jasmine, a 2nd yr @PennPORT_IRACDA #postdoc, in the @SunnyShinLab where my research focuses on understanding how bacterial LPS activates the human non-canonical inflammasome. I’m also super passionate about #STEMeducation! I’m excited it’s #BlackInImmunoWeek &

Hey y’all! I’m Seble Negatu and I’m a 2nd Year PhD student in the @PennMicro department. I study immune responses to viral infections in the nervous system in @kelliejurado ‘s lab 💃🏾👩🏾‍🔬✊🏾 #BlackInImmunoRollCall @BlackInImmuno

Great paper from @LocciLab @kateylederer @PennMicro ! https://twitter.com/cyrilpedia/status/1330464329183932416

The first paper from the Locci lab is finally out at @ImmunityCP! Check this out.
https://www.cell.com/immunity/fulltext/S1074-7613(20)30496-9?fbclid=IwAR2PpWtIUsTSH7kxSXeemeH3Pl83OvETEKIZrvakYfTABf_IrXsORhq2AOU#.X7la2EQP_XV.twitter

Please join us for today's @PennMicro seminar at 12pm EST with @victora_lab, who be sharing his exciting work on the clonal dynamics of antibody responses. Open to all within and outside Penn! Link to view here: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/xqbzwhrb https://twitter.com/PennMicro/status/1327332387144003587

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EVENTS

ProK Semimar
Monday, 11/30/20  4pm
Rina Matsuda :: Brodsky Lab
“Yersinia pseudotuberculosis induces granuloma formation during intestinal infection”

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 12/2/20 12pm: Virtual Seminar
Lydie Trautmann, PhD  :: Oregon Health & Science University
From acute HIV infection to treatment interruption: HIV specific immune memory generation, persistence and recall”

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)