Apr 22, Nick's paper High potential for biomass-degrading enzymes revealed by hot spring metagenomics is published in Frontiers in Microbiology. Thanks to Bob Bowers and Tanja Woyke for collaborating & congratulations on your second paper, Nick!   PDF

Mar 1, New book chapter Counting mRNA Copies in Intact Bacterial Cells by Fluctuation Localization Imaging-Based Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (fliFISH). This work is a result from our collaborative FICUS project with Galya Orr and Dehong Hu at EMSL.   PDF


Sep 4, Nick's first paper Activity-based cell sorting reveals responses of uncultured archaea and bacteria to substrate amendment is published in The ISME Journal.

Congratulations Nick to his first publication!   PDF   Read "Behind the paper" blog post


Sep 1, New grant by the Moore–Simons Project on the Origin of the Eukaryotic Cell will support our collaborative work on Asgard archaea. We are looking forward to working with the teams of Brett Baker, Thijs Ettema & Mark Ellisman. MSU press release


Jun 15, George receives Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) award from NASA's Planetary Science division. George is one of only 34 graduate students nationwide to receive this award. Congratulations on this fantastic achievement, George!   Press release

​Jun 8, Consensus Statement Roadmap for naming uncultivated Archaea and Bacteria published in Nature Microbiology   ​PDF   Press release

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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.

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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.