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.


The FDA has approved a new targeted drug for leukemia, tested here at the University of Pennsylvania. #MadeAtPenn

Michela Locci, MD, Asst. Prof., has received a W.W. Smith Foundation Award for her project entitled, “Impact of HIV infection and ART treatment on the functional integrity of lymphoid tissue T follicular helper cells”. Congratulations, Michela!

Ronald Collman, MD, Professor of Medicine, and coworkers discover a significant microbial community on stethoscopes. https://t.co/LtBsiJ8eqh

Check out our new review with Ian Wilson, @seth_zost, and @wchnicholas...
Immunodominance and antigenic variation of influenza virus hemagglutinin: implications for design of universal vaccine immunogens https://t.co/rA2UDTtVaf

Congrats Kathy and Jean!
@pcmicrobiome @pennmicro https://t.co/QAA1SZLBu9

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Prokaryotic Seminars will resume on January 14th, 2019
Monday, 1/14/19, 4pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion

Virology Seminar
Tuesday, 12/18/18, 12pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Arwa Abbas :: Bushman Lab, and Mary Margaret Addison :: Eisenlohr Lab

Microbiology Seminars will resume on January 16th, 2019
Wednesday, 1/16/19, 12pm, CRB Auditorium