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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.
- Immune Atlases Created for Kidney, Lung Cancers
June 9, 2017
E. John Wherry, PhD, director of the Institute for Immunology, is quoted on a study exploring the creation of comprehensive “immune atlases” of cancers. See more at: https://tinyurl.com/y8vry56h
- Penn Doctoral Student Probes the Secrets of Ancient Carbon in Tropical Soils
May 23, 2017
Elizabeth Coward, who received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania on May 15, has spent her tenure at Penn investigating this pool of carbon and considering its vulnerabilities. She’s also turned her focus outward as an educator, engaging in innovative “active learning” courses at Penn and serving Philadelphia with her knowledge of soil health. For more, see: https://tinyurl.com/n269k6t
- Penn Study Finds Relationship between Common Brain Disease and Gut Microbiome
May 11, 2017
For more, see: https://tinyurl.com/l6pkmu3
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- Virology Seminars will resume in the Fall Semester
- Microbiology Seminars will resume in the Fall Semester
- Prokaryotic Seminars will resume in the Fall Semester
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