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.


.@delafuenteupenn (@PennPsych/@PennMicro/@pennbioeng) & his team bring an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to projects like AI-generated antibiotics that could have a lasting impact on health worldwide ft. Marcelo Melo, Marcelo Torres & Esther Broset https://t.co/zi3WzkRWtH

Congrats to Penn Micro Emeritus Professor Howard Goldfine. His early work is recognized as a JBC classic! Check it out: https://t.co/IWxEYdSMYH
@PennMicro @kelliejurado

Hey @pennmicro - @LincolnUofPA is seeking an adjunct professor to teach Micro for Healthcare Lab this spring. Here’s your chance to get that teaching experience while interacting with a great group of faculty and students.

Great news coming out of @PennMedicine on the use of #CRISPR to treat #multiplemyeloma and #sarcoma in a Phase 1 trial! Congrats to ACGT-funded authors Dr. Carl June @carlhjune, Dr. Joseph Fraietta (
@PennMicro) and Dr. Bruce Levine @BLLPHD: https://t.co/6TXiPRDFwS

Over his more than 50-year career in science, medicine and public health, Neal Nathanson, MD, has made a tremendous impact. Watch the former chair of @PennMicro sit down for an interview in the latest Benchmarks E-Newsletter! W/ @bushmanlab https://t.co/L8Ys0gnHzh

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Prokaryotic Seminar
Monday, x/x/20, 4pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Continues in Spring Semester

Virology Seminar
Tuesday, 12/17/19, 12pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Frances Taschuk (Cherry Lab) : Grant Eilers (van Duyne/ Bushman Labs)

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, xx/xx/20, 12pm, CRB Auditorium
Continues in Spring Semester