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.

May 20, New grant by the Simons Foundation's Origin of the Eukaryotic Cell Initiative will support our collaborative work on Asgard archaea. We are looking forward to working with the teams of Brett Baker, Thijs Ettema & Mark Ellisman. We are looking for a highly qualified postdoc to join us!



May 7, Anthony passes his candidacy exam. Great job, Anthony, congratulations!


May 1, Congratulations to George who passed his candidacy exam today. Great job! 


Mar 27, Roland gives MicroSeminar "Ecophysiology of uncultured sediment-dwelling microbes revealed by substrate analog probing".  Watch recorded talk

Mar 4, Roland joins Editorial Board of Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology Reports

Feb 15, supported through a NSF STEM Storyteller fellowship, George presents research at AAAS meeting in Seattle, WA

Feb 13, New review article in Nature Reviews Microbiology: Next-generation physiology approaches to study microbiome function at single cell level  ​
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Feb 13, New research article published in Frontiers in Microbiology: Metabolic Implications of Using BioOrthogonal Non-Canonical Amino Acid Tagging (BONCAT) for Tracking Protein Synthesis. Congrats to first author Katie Steward and thanks for a great collaboration, Valerie & Brian! 
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2017, Jan 1, the Hatzenpichler lab opens in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Bldg of MSU