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

We are testing FDA approved compounds in the BSL3 and hopefully will be able to share results soon. https://twitter.com/pennmedbench/status/1243961082546458626

.@Pennmedicine researchers are working around the clock to determine how well hydroxychloroquine can treat #COVID19. Sara Cherry (@PennMicro) explains what the benefits of finding an existing drug that might work against the virus. https://bit.ly/2WS3nOr

Great interview with @PennMicro’s @weisssr on coronaviruses she’s studied for decades. Can’t predict when years of building basic knowledge will bear fruit. So important to support basic research! @UPenn launches coronavirus research center | PhillyVoice https://www.phillyvoice.com/coronavirus-research-center-penn-deadly-sars-mers-covid-19/

Summary of potential SARS-CoV-2 antivirals in WHO study #SARSCoV2 #COVID19 #coronavirus https://science.sciencemag.org/content/367/6485/1412.full

Vaccine research is underway in the US! #SARSCoV2 #Covid19 #coronavirus https://twitter.com/niaidnews/status/1243597725523992576

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EVENTS

***All Seminars have been cancelled for Spring Semester 2020.***
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Prokaryotic Seminar
Monday, x/x/20, 4pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Person, PhD :: Place

Virology Seminar
Tuesday, x/x/20, 12pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Person,  ( Lab)

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, x/x/20, 12pm, CRB Auditorium
Person :: Place
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