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

Listen to Dr. Susan Weiss @weisssr, the vice chair of the department, speak on the @whyyradiotimes episode "Omicron: a Reality Check."
Check out the podcast here: https://whyy.org/episodes/omicron-a-reality-check/
#omicron #coronavirus #variant

Lectures from the Penn Coronavirus Symposium "Understanding COVID-19 and Addressing Disparities in Care" are now available online. Lectures range from the origin of SARS-CoV-2 to molecular mechanisms to addressing disparities in care.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRGEsZTjjo8nMF70cYJ3-3eCCucqZu6Lu

📢 The last seminar of the Fall 2021 #Microbiology Seminar Series is this week! Join us this Wed (12/8) at 12pm ET.

Dr. Indira Mysorekar (@MysorekarLab) of @bcmhouston will discuss infection and immunity in the urinary tract.

Link here: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/xqbzwhrb

Rick was interviewed for an article on @6abc about the future of #Omicron in the Philadelphia region.
https://6abc.cm/2ZMOQaO
#phl #coronavirus #variant

Co-director Dr. Susan Weiss @weisssr was featured as a guest on the podcast @whyyradiotimes on their episode called "Omicron: a Reality Check."
Listen to it here: https://whyy.org/episodes/omicron-a-reality-check/
#omicron #coronavirus #variant

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EVENTS

Prokaryotic Seminar
Monday, 12.6/21  4pm  209 Johnson Pav
Julian Hurdle, PhD :: Texas A&M
Mechanisms and impact of antibiotic resistance in Clostridioides difficile infection

Virology Seminar Tuesday, 12/7/21  12pm  209 Johnson Pav
Teddy Steinbock (Weitzman Lab) :: June Yang (You Lab)

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 12/8/21  12pm
Indira Mysorekar, PhD :: Baylor College of Medicine
Infection and immunity in the urinary tract”

Symposium III: Understanding COVID-19 and Addressing Disparities in Care, 1-5pm, Nov 2, 2021 (All Talks) (sponsored by the Penn Center for Research on Coronavirus and Other Emerging Pathogens)

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)