Jun 27, New paper accepted in Nat Sci Rep. Congrats first author Luke McKay! PDF coming soon

​​Occurrence and expression of novel methyl-coenzyme M reductase gene (mcrA) variants in hot spring sediments


Jun 22, Roland gives seminar @ Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary, Canada


Jun 1-4, Roland @ ASM Microbe 2017, New Orleans, LA

May 10, Roland is named a NASA Early Career Fellow



May 10, Our project on the biology of multicellular magnetotactic bacteria is funded

by the NASA Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology program



Apr 21, Postdoc Viola Krukenberg (PhD 2015, Max Planck Inst. for Marine Microbiology, Bremen) joins the lab


Apr 21, graduate student Nick Reichart presents his research at the Molecular Biosciences Program seminar of MSU


Apr 1, Hatzenpichler lab discovers the 4th domain of life, decides to not publish their results


Mar 23, Anaerobic Coy chamber is installed 


Feb 12, Leica DM4B with automatic stage is installed


Jan 23-27, Roland @ CIFAR-GBMF workshop "Symbiotic Interactions in the Oceans" workshop, Kihei, HI


Jan 2, Nick Reichart joins the new lab as first graduate student


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


Nov 17, Small-Scale Community Science Program project "Cosmopolitan sediment-dwelling archaea

hypothesized to be involved in anaerobic carbon cycling" is selected for funding by the JGI


Nov 7, Sampling trip to Yellowstone National Park


Nov 1, Roland starts as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry @ MSU, Bozeman

​​​If you are a highly motivated prospective grad student or postdoc candidate,

please contact Roland: ​roland.hatzenpichler (at) montana.edu​

Starting September 1st 2017, a postdoc position is available in our lab! Check 'Open jobs' for details

Recent events

​Jul 23-28, Roland gives invited talk @ GRC Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism, and Molecular Biology, Waterville Valley, NH "Metabolic potential and in situ activity of thermophilic uncultured archaea at single cell resolution"​


Jul 9 - Aug 23, postdoc Viola Krukenberg to be teaching assistant in Microbial Diversity Course at Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

Roland Hatzenpichler, PhD                         

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Montana State University, Bozeman

contact: roland.hatzenpichler (at) montana.edu

​Hatzenpichler ​Environmental Microbiology Lab

99% of microorganisms cannot be grown in the lab. We seek to understand what this "uncultured majority" is doing and how their activity shapes Earth's biogeochemical cycles.


Upcoming events