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.


A recent study published in Nature Medicine, led by Jim Riley, describes a new dual CAR T cell immunotherapy that can help fight HIV infection. https://pennmedicine.org/news/news-releases/2020/september/novel-dual-car-t-cell-immunotherapy-holds-promise-for-targeting-the-hiv-reservoir
via @PennMedicine

Really looking forward to the start of the @PennMicro Fall 2020 virtual seminar series, being kicked off this Wednesday by @Sara_Sawyer_ ! Full schedule and link below. Please join us for some exciting host-microbiota and host-pathogen biology.

In today's front page @PhillyInquirer story, @FlyByVirus (@PennMicro), @mlanefall (@PennAnesthesia), @alastanford (Black Drs COVID-19 Consortium), Maureen May (@PASNAP) & @ProfCharlesHaas (@DrexelUniv) discuss wht to expct in the next 6 mos of the pandemic https://bit.ly/3iRj8gK

Featuring an exciting talk from @SunnyShinLab about the rich history of Legionnaires’ disease right here in Philadelphia! https://twitter.com/epaasm/status/1306277552441315329

On Wed I'll be speaking at @PennMicro on viral zoonosis and our massive covid screening project at U. Colorado.

Online seminar? I consider it a duel between myself and your Inbox. Wish me luck!

Sept 23, 12pm EST
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Microbiology Seminar
Monday, 9/23/20 12pm: Virtual Seminar
Sara Sawyer, PhD :: Univ Colorado, Boulder
“The role of host genetics in virus spillover from animals to humans (and my experience setting up large-scale COVID screening at my university)”

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)