Upcoming 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.

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!

MSU News release

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

News release by JGI and EMSL

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

Read MRI abstract

Jun 27, New paper accepted in Nat Sci Rep. Congrats first author Luke McKay!   PDF   Visit Luke's website

​​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