Selected past events

​Hatzenpichler ​Environmental Microbiology Lab

99% of microbes cannot be grown in the lab. We seek to understand what this "uncultured majority" is doing and how its activity shapes Earth's biogeochemical cycles ​and life on our planet.

Recent and upcoming events

If you are a highly motivated prospective grad student or postdoc candidate, please contact Roland by email. Prospective graduate students interested in microbiology, astrobiology, ecology, molecular biology, and biochemistry are encouraged to apply to both the Chem-Biochem and Molecular Biosciences Program.

Jul 14-19, Roland chairs session at Gordon Research Conference on Appl. & Environm. Microbiology​, South Hadley, MA

Jul 21-26, Viola presents research at the Gordon Research Conference on Archaea. Les Diablerets, Switzerland

Oct 25-27, Roland gives talk at International Conference on Geo-omics of Archaea, Shenzhen, China

May 9, Anthony and George are awarded a Student Research Grant by the Montana Academy of Sciences. Congrats!

May 1, Mackenzie passes her candidacy exam. Congrats Mack!

Apr 8, Nick gives Thermal Biology Institute seminar discussing his use of bioorthogonal labeling to discover novel cellulolytic microbes in a Yellowstone hot spring   


Nov 16-29, Research cruise with R/V Atlantis and HOV Alvin

Read about our deep-sea research

Read about the deep-sea dive

​Video: Alvin retrieves samples during dive 4999, AT42-05

Nov 5, our proposal ​Ecophysiology of uncultured archaea in geothermal features of Yellowstone

National Park is selected for funding by the NASA Exobiology program. Read the abstract 

​Oct 31, Synthetic Biology Program proposal Optimization of Methylamine Conversion to Methane

via Synthetic Biology accepted by the JGI. We are excited to work with PI Tim McDermott and Co-PIs

Brian Bothner and Hans-Peter Grossart on this project!

Oct 21, General Cycle User proposal Tracking substrate uptake and mRNA expression of aerobic

methane-producing bacteria in pelagic waters of Yellowstone Lake accepted by EMSL.

We are looking forward to continue working with PI Tim McDermott on this exciting project!

Oct 1, Dr. Zackary Jay joins the lab as research scientist in bioinformatics. Welcome Zack!

Sep 26, new grant by the NASA Early Career Fellowship Start-up Program is awarded

Development and application of novel bioorthogonal labeling approaches for studying microbial

metabolic activity at environmental extremes

Aug 27, two new grad students, Anthony Kohtz and George Schaible, join the lab. Welcome to the lab!

Aug 12-17, Nick, Viola and Roland present research results at the International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME), Leipzig, Germany

Aug 2, New grant by the NSF Systems and Synthetic Biology program is awarded.

Collaborative Research: Next generation physiology: a systems-level understanding of microbes driving

carbon cycling in marine sediments. We are looking forward to dive into the deep-sea with the teams

of Brett Baker (UT Austin) and Andreas Teske (UNC Chapel Hill).

MSU news article     NSF abstract

​Jul 18, Mackenzie, who is leading our efforts to sample microbial dark matter in geothermal features in Yellowstone, sampled her 100th hot spring! All it took was a 12 mi hike in sun, rain, and hail & avoiding a herd of 50 bison. Congrats!



Jan 1st 2017, the Hatzenpichler lab opens in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Bldg of MSU