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.


.@AliGorman6abc talks to Frederic Bushman, PhD, about the latest batch of #DelawareValley #COVID19 genome sequencing results. Researchers at @bushmanlab found that almost all recent samples (collected through late July) were the #DeltaVariant: https://6abc.com/delta-varient-covid-cases-in-philadelphia-delaware-valley-spreading/10925505/

The first year of grad school can be intimidating and uncertain. Join us next Thursday at 7:00pm EST for "What to Expect in Your First Year: A Project SHORT Panel for PhD Students"!

Link to register in bio! ­čą│

Congrats to Louis Taylor for winning the Fraser Prize for microbiology graduate thesis of the year!!

Started the day out with fellowship and glucose! Awesome turnout to our MicroIDEAs breakfast social!

Thrilled to share our latest preprint with co-1st authors @naseernawar, @Marisa_Egan11, & @ValeriaMReyes, & @BrodskyIgor on human NAIP/NLRC4 & NLRP3 inflammasomes detecting T3SS activities to restrict intracellular Salmonella replication! A thread: 1/n https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.06.17.448811v1

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Prokaryotic Seminar will resume in the Fall

Virology Seminar
Tuesday, 7/13/21 12pm
Elizabeth Parzych, Weiner Lab

Microbiology Seminar will resume in the Fall

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)