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.


What we eat & microbiome a “rich interaction” said @PennMicro chair Rick @bushmanlab on @whartonknows @BizRadio111 @PennCHOPMicrrobiome

Next week Stephen Bart @sbart143 from the Bates lab defends!

This morning, our own Rick Bushman @bushmanlab will be discussing microbiome startups on Wharton Business Radio: @bizradio111 on the show: @whartonknows 11:30am-12pm!

Nice coverage of @seth_zost @pnasnews paper:

Congrats to Haim Bau, awarded "Biomedical Device of the Year" @PennPCI ! https://t.co/2uD1UYtFlh

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Virology Seminar
Tuesday, March 27th, 12pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion

Son Nguyen (Betts/Hoxie Labs)
“Defining the functional and transcriptional identities of CD8+ T cell responses in lymph nodes of HIV elite controllers.”
Marilia Pinzone (O’Doherty Lab)
“Longitudinal sequencing of HIV proviruses provides new insights into reservoir decay and selective pressures
in subjects on ART”

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, March 28th, 12pm, CRB Auditorium

Deborah Hung, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
“Chemical biological approach to understanding infection”

Prokaryotic Seminar
Friday, March 30th, 12pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Jeffrey Carey (Goulian Lab)
“Bacteriophage HK022 makes Escherichia coli phage up to its gambling problem”