OUR DEPARTMENT

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.

NEWS

I’m sooo honored to be selected as an inaugural Penn Presidential PhD Fellow today! I’m literally crying. Extremely grateful for this opportunity. Such a blessing 🙏🏾😭🙌🏾 https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/inaugural-presidential-phd-fellows-announced

Wednesday, 5/12 | Microbiology Seminar | Galit Alter, PhD
12-1 PM | Bluejeans link: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/xqbzwhrb

Wednesday, 5/5 | Microbiology Seminar | Joel Blankson, MD, PhD
12-1 PM | Bluejeans link: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/xqbzwhrb

Continuous surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 variants in the Philadelphia area from viral whole genome sequencing. Check out our new dashboard:
https://microb120.med.upenn.edu/data/SARS-CoV-2/

Wednesday, 4/28| Microbiology Seminar | Yasmine Belkaid, PhD
12-1 PM | Bluejeans link: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/xqbzwhrb

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EVENTS


Prokaryotic Seminar
Monday, 5/10/21 4pm
Shipra Vaishnava, PhD :: Brown Univ
Role of micronutrients in regulating host-microbe interactions in the gut

Virology Seminar
Tuesday, 5/11/21 12pm
Megha Basavappa, Cherry Lab / Guanxiang Liang, Bushman Lab

Neal Nathanson Lecture
Wednesday, 5/12/21 12pm: Virtual Seminar
Galit Alter, PhD :: Harvard
“Systems serology to define correlates of immunity to SARS-CoV-2″

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)