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.
Apr 5, Roland gives seminar at BioTechnology Institute, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
Apr 15-18, Roland at conference on New Opportunities to Study Origins of the Eukaryotic Cell, HHMI-Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA
Aug 12-17, Roland at International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, Leipzig, Germany
Aug 21, Roland gives seminar at Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, University of Hamburg, Germany
Nov 16-28, Viola and Roland on research cruise with RV Atlantis to sample deep-sea sediments of the Guaymas Basin
If you are a highly motivated prospective grad student or postdoc candidate, please contact Roland by email. Prospective students are encouraged to apply to both the Chem-Biochem and Molecular Biosciences Program.
If you are interested in working with us, while pursuing a PhD in microbiology, please contact Roland.
Recent events (2018 and 2017)
Feb 26-Mar 2, Mackenzie & Nick attend Microbial Genomics and Metagenomics Workshops at the JGI
Jan 9, the lab's got a brand-new toy! A Sony SH800S fluorescence activated cell sorter
Jan 8, Dr. Rachel Spietz joins the lab as postdoc. Welcome back to MT, Rachel!
Oct 18, NSF funds collaborative project Building Genome-to-Phenome Infrastructure for Regulating
Methane in Deep and Extreme Environments by MSU and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Congratulations to MSU PI Robin Gerlach. Our team is excited to be part of this project!
Oct 3, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Marine Microbiology Initiative funds our
collaborative project with Peter Girguis (Harvard) and Mark Ellisman (UCSD) to resolve
the activity of marine microbes at nm to cm scale. Thanks a lot for your support!
Jul 20, JGI-EMSL FICUS (Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science) proposal is accepted
From phenotype to genotype and back again: large scale functional characterization of microbial
dark matter by combining activity-based cell sorting, isotope labeling, and genomic sequencing
Jun 27, NSF MRI proposal for a Confocal Raman microscope with cell sorting capability funded!
We will use this instrument to study the in situ activity and growth substrates of uncultured cells
Occurrence and expression of novel methyl-coenzyme M reductase gene (mcrA) variants in hot spring sediments
May 10, Roland is named a NASA Early Career Fellow. Read MSU news release here
May 10, Our project on the biology of multicellular magnetotactic bacteria is funded
by the NASA Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology program
Jan 1, the Hatzenpichler lab opens in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Bldg of MSU