Traditionally the Department of Microbiology has focused on research around microbe survival and causes for diseases. More recently, the Department has expanded their scope of research to encompasses many sub disciplines of the field of study as well, including bacteriology, mycology, protozoology, phycology, parasitology, virology and a strong focus on biomedical research (e.g. through the reopening of the Cooley Laboratory).
The Department of Microbiology is incredibly interactive. With an ever growing focus on collaboration throughout campus we are able to provide students with an unparalleled unique experience that allows for hands on research (Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park just to name a few) and training in all scopes of the Microbiology discipline.
Our research facilities at MSU include modern, well-equip laboratories and specialized state of the art equipment for instruction and research. In addition, the Department hosts three major university facilities, currently supported through Montana IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program, including:
- Functional Genomics Core Facility
- Bioinformatics Teaching and Research Facility
- Community Based Paricipatory Research (CBPR) and Health Disparities Core Facility