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.


We are excited to announce our new and upcoming social media series called “A day in the life of a scientist.” Members of our SACNAS community will take over our social media and showcase their daily lives as scientists at @Penn! Stay tuned! 🧪

Wednesday, 12/2 | Microbiology Seminar co-sponsored by CFAR| Lydie Trautmann, EngD, PhD
12-1 PM | Bluejeans link: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/xqbzwhrb

Siderophore piracy enhances Vibrio cholerae environmental survival and pathogenesis @PennMicro #MicrobioJ http://doi.org/10.1099/mic.0.000975

Hiiyyeeee!👋🏽 I’m Jasmine, a 2nd yr @PennPORT_IRACDA #postdoc, in the @SunnyShinLab where my research focuses on understanding how bacterial LPS activates the human non-canonical inflammasome. I’m also super passionate about #STEMeducation! I’m excited it’s #BlackInImmunoWeek &

Hey y’all! I’m Seble Negatu and I’m a 2nd Year PhD student in the @PennMicro department. I study immune responses to viral infections in the nervous system in @kelliejurado ‘s lab 💃🏾👩🏾‍🔬✊🏾 #BlackInImmunoRollCall @BlackInImmuno

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ProK Semimar
Monday, 11/30/20  4pm
Rina Matsuda :: Brodsky Lab
“Yersinia pseudotuberculosis induces granuloma formation during intestinal infection”

Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 12/2/20 12pm: Virtual Seminar
Lydie Trautmann, PhD  :: Oregon Health & Science University
From acute HIV infection to treatment interruption: HIV specific immune memory generation, persistence and recall”

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)