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

Coverage continues on new research from the lab of @SCOTTeHENSLEY, an associate professor of Microbiology, which concluded that growing the flu virus in chicken eggs introduced mutations that reduced the effectiveness. https://t.co/Ad5gpwuA2X

Confronted w/ Bacteria, Infected Cells Die so Others can Live: @BrodskyIgor & team's study: J. Experimental Medicine https://t.co/A9eVqND5rK

Video of Penn's #TWiV session! https://t.co/6YwKeDSNza
This Week in Virology: Gary Cohen, @SCOTTeHENSLEY , @CBLPHL, Susan Weiss, @profvrr !

Penn Micro Faculty @SCOTTeHENSLEY is quoted, research highlighted in Science "Why is the flu vaccine so mediocre?"
https://t.co/0piAqQfhbT

Studying Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus, How to Stop It from Spreading: Sara Cherry, Professor @Pennmicro, speaks: https://t.co/MqszlTtftn

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EVENTS

Friday, 12/8/2017

The 26th Annual Philadelphia Infection & Immunity Forum

Virology Seminar
Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017: 209 Johnson Pavilion
Grant Eilers (Van Duyne/ Bushman Labs); Ryan Roark (Shaw Lab)

Microbiology Seminar
Weds, Dec 13, 2017; CRB Auditorium
Tom Silhavy, PhD. Dept. Molecular Biology, Princeton Univ.

Prokaryotic Seminar (no seminar Dec 8)
ProK will resume in 2018