Our location

We are located on the Bozeman campus of Montana State University. Bozeman is a vibrant college town, nestled in the Rocky Mountains. There are lots of fun, budget-friendly outdoor activities close to town to distract you from the rigours of academic study, meaning a healthy work-life balance is definitely possible (and encouraged in our lab).

Hyalite Canyon, in the wild Gallatin National Forest, is just a 15-minute drive from campus. Here you can hike, bike, swim, cross-country ski and ice climb. The nearby Gallatin, Madison and Yellowstone Rivers offer world-class fly-fishing for trout. Bridger Bowl is the local, community-owned ski hill, offering annual lift passes for as little as $400. Big Sky Ski Resort, one of the largest in North America, is only an hour away from campus. Check out Outside Bozeman for more info.

Downtown Bozeman offers plenty of boutique shopping, while student-oriented options closer to campus are also great. Bridger Brewing, 5-minutes walk from our lab, is our local watering hole.


Our lab

The Kominsky Lab is located in Cooley Laboratory, a state-of-the-art hub for biomedical research here at MSU. Newly renovated in 2013, Cooley Labs has earned a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for energy-efficient design and construction.  The building design enhances the collaborative nature of our department, allows access to cutting-edge equipment and facilitates discussions with scientists with diverse research expertise.


Our team

The Kominsky Lab is comprised of a group of smart, motivated and friendly individuals eager to collaborate and help one another. Our goal is an environment of cooperation and communication to ensure that everyone in the lab is as successful as possible. Please feel free to contact any of our team members to ask them about their experiences.

How to enroll

Montana State University offers Masters and PhD programs in microbiology. The University also offers graduate degrees in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biosciences. You can see the full list here.

The Graduate School at Montana State University hosts all the information you require to enroll, including details on fellowships. International applicants can access support through the Office of International Programs, including language lessons.

Prior to actually applying, you should first make contact with Dr Kominsky to discuss your interests and goals. You should then contact the Department of Microbiology and Immunology to check specific requirements and your eligibility.