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 Cure for HIV? Cancer-Killing Immunotherapy Could Also Fight the Virus
James L. Riley, an associate professor of Microbiology @Penn, is quoted in a Newsweek piece on the promise of using gene therapy to treat HIV. https://t.co/XKBvJiSPFq

Coverage continues on new research from the lab of @SCOTTeHENSLEY, an associate professor of Microbiology, which concluded that growing the flu virus in chicken eggs introduced mutations that reduced the effectiveness. https://t.co/Ad5gpwuA2X

Confronted w/ Bacteria, Infected Cells Die so Others can Live: @BrodskyIgor & team's study: J. Experimental Medicine https://t.co/A9eVqND5rK

Video of Penn's #TWiV session! https://t.co/6YwKeDSNza
This Week in Virology: Gary Cohen, @SCOTTeHENSLEY , @CBLPHL, Susan Weiss, @profvrr !

Penn Micro Faculty @SCOTTeHENSLEY is quoted, research highlighted in Science "Why is the flu vaccine so mediocre?"

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Virology Seminar
Tuesday, January 23rd, 12pm. 209 Johnson Pavilion
Seth Zost (Hensley Lab)

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, January 24th, 12pm. CRB Auditorium
John Moore, PhD; Dept. Microbiology/ Immunology, Weill Cornell Medical College

Prokaryotic Seminar
Friday, January 19th, 12pm. 209 Johnson Pavilion
Katie Barott, PhD; Dept. Biology, University of Pennsylvania