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.
- Matching Pre-treatment Tumor Size to Strength of Immune Response Allows Tailoring of Melanoma Drug Regimen
April 10, 2017
“We found that the size of the pretreatment tumor determined how strong of a T cell response was needed in response to the drug to shrink a patient’s tumor,” said senior author E. John Wherry, PhD. See more at: https://tinyurl.com/nx6fs25
- Penn Researcher Granted $16.3 million Toward HIV Vaccine Development
George M. Shaw, MD, PhD, a professor of Hematology/Oncology and Microbiology, has been awarded $16.3 million in funding over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to continue work toward developing an HIV vaccine for humans. https://tinyurl.com/kwjhdax
- Penn Team Tracks Rare T Cells in Blood to Better Understand Annual Flu Vaccine
“The poor understanding of cTfh function is, in part, because these cells spend most of their time waiting in lymph nodes for the next infection, and not circulating in the blood,” said senior author E. John Wherry, PhD, a professor of Microbiology and director of the Institute of Immunology at Penn. See more at: https://tinyurl.com/zqzx9wg
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- Special Botswana-UPenn Partnership Seminar
Tuesday, 4/25/17, 12pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Giacomo Paganotti, PhD, Research Associate, Botswana-UPenn Partnership Malaria Research in Botswana
- Microbiology Seminar
Wednesday, 4/26/17, 12pm, CRB Auditorium
Feng Shao, PhD, National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing, China
- Faculty Candidate Seminar, 2pm, CRB Auditorium
Mark Headley, PhD, UCSF
- Prokaryotic Seminar
Friday, 4/28/17, 12pm, 209 Johnson Pavilion
Amanda Samuels, Valeria Reyes Ruiz
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