Team

Dr Douglas Kominsky | Associate Professor

Doug joined Montana State University in late 2015 to build capacity in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He established a strong track record in research and teaching, with a focus on inflammatory bowel disease, at the University of Colorado.

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Peggy Lehmann | Lab Manager

Peggy received her B.S. in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin. She joined MSU in early 2003 and has worked on toxoplasma, CCD in honey bees and aspergillosis. She joined the Kominsky lab in 2015 to focus on DNA methylation and epithelial gut inflammation.

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Dr Heather Grifka-Walk | Postdoctoral Fellow

Heather received her PhD in immunology from the University of Michigan. Her work there focused on T cell pathogenicity. She began a postdoc at Montana State University in 2012 researching how gut epithelial cell metabolism alters immune and inflammatory responses in colitis models.

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Stephanie Schneider | PhD Candidate

Stephanie joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at MSU in 2014 to study host-pathogen interactions. Her work in the Kominsky Lab focuses on understanding how extracellular adenosine signalling in the gut mucosa modulates the virulence of enteric pathogens.

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Brittany Jenkins | PhD Candidate

kominsky_lab77Brittany received a M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She joined MSU in 2015. She is interested in using human intestinal organoids as a model system for understanding host-microbe interactions in gut epithelial barrier function.

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Nate Blaseg | Undergraduate Researcher

Nate is a junior undergraduate student majoring in Microbiology, with a focus on Pre-Medicine. Nate’s project investigates how inflammation-mediated induction of epithelial IL-10R1 leads to restitution of barrier function in models of inflammatory bowel disease.

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Steve Swain | Research Assistant Professor

Steve received a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Wyoming in 1989, and has been at MSU since 1993. Steve often refers to himself as a “utility infielder of science”, and has worked in comparative physiology, developmental neurobiology, protein biochemistry, neutrophil function, pulmonary immunology, and gastric immune cell function, but is currently exploring epigenetic mechanisms of regulation of inflammation in gut epithelium.

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