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.


Join us today at 3pm for a Virtual CEET Seminar with @skirkell: "Combating Health-Related Misinformation and Disinformation During Public Health Emergencies"

Zoom link here: https://pennmedicine.zoom.us/j/91767058797?pwd=TThhdXlHcUY0ai9MNjNqT1I2Sjc5Zz09#success

Mark your calendars: The Fall 2021 #Microbiology Seminar Series is coming up!

Join us via BlueJeans every Wednesday at noon starting on 9/22

Stay tuned for weekly updates of the exciting lineup of speakers who work across the field!

More here: https://micro.med.upenn.edu/seminars/

We are super stoked to feature Dr. Jasmine Alexander-Floyd on our “Weekly Postdoc Showcase”!
Dr. Alexander-Floyd is a PennPORT Postdoctoral Fellow
@PennMicro in the lab of Dr. Sunny Shin. She is also the Co-Chair for the @PennBPP -Diversity Committee.

Let’s hear from Dr. Alexander-Floyd about her work, passions, & her experience as a #UpennPostdoc.
In the first part of our #weeklypostdocshowcase, we asked @dr_jancola about her work & her research philosophy.
#microbiology #inflammasome #WomenInSTEM #postdoc @PennPORT_IRACDA

Meet Dr. Christine Vazquez, a Penn Provost Postdoctoral Fellow at @kelliejurado lab. She is a recipient of the 2021 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Enrichment Program award.
Congratulations, @cn_vazquez!
#weeklypostdocshowcase #microbiology #womeninSTEM #postdoc #upennbpc

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Prokaryotic Seminar
Monday, 9/20/21  4pm  209 Johnson Pav
Daniel Beiting, PhD :: School of Vet. Med. UPenn
Pangenomic and functional analysis of the commensal bile acid producer, Clostridium hiranonis

Virology Seminar
Tuesday, 9/21/21  12pm  209 Johnson Pav
Jonagela Nouel (White Lab) / Nikki Tanneti (Weiss Lab)

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 9/22/21  12pm
Pamela Bjorkman, PhD :: CalTech
“Neutralizing antibodies against coronaviruses”


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)