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.


Chris Hunter featured in 'With a protein ‘delivery,’ parasite can suppress its host’s immune response' https://t.co/CqGKCHgSiU

Penn Study led by Scott Hensley and Drew Weissman Paves Way for New Vaccines to Protect Infants Against Infections https://t.co/uL3gdcfTmk via @PennMedicine

Absolutely brilliant talk in today’s @PennMicro seminar by Philip Kranzusch on CD-NTases, evolutionary tug of war between host and pathogen, and viral enzymes that degrade cyclic dinucleotides.

A postdoc in my grad school lab, Henry Li, has written a fantastic overview of #nCoV2019, with relevant history on #SARSvirus and #MERS as well. In Chinese but the google translate is excellent! https://t.co/m5MZCyI74h

Insertional mutagenesis by retroviruses can modify human genes by multiple mechanisms--check out our new review:

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Prokaryotic Seminar
Monday, 1/27/20, 4pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Chengcheng Jin, PhD :: Univ Pennsylvania

Virology Seminar
Tuesday, 1/28/20, 12pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Elisha Segrist  (Cherry Lab) :: Louis Taylor (Bushman Lab)

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 1/29/20, 12pm, CRB Auditorium
Jacob Estes :: Oregon Health and Science Univ
Finding and Characterizing HIV’s Hiding Places