Selected past 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.

Recent and 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.


To help limit the spread of Covid-19, the lab is closed until further notice. We work from home and are happy to answer any questions you send our way.


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  PDF



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! PDF

Nov 1, Roland joins the Steering Committee of the Network for Life Detection (Nfold). Nfold is a NASA research coordination network which goal is to inform strategies and enhance capabilities for detecting life beyond Earth.




Sept 6, Nick is awarded one of this round’s DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) awards. He will spend most of 2020 as a graduate student intern at the Joint Genome Institute, which is part of Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (Berkeley, CA). At JGI, he will work with our collaboration partner Tanja Woyke on the project “Revealing the cellulolytic potential of uncultured hot spring microbes via a multi-omics approach". Congrats Nick!​




​​Sept 1, we start our new NASA-funded project on the "​Ecophysiology of uncultured archaea in geothermal features of Yellowstone National Park". We are grateful to the NASA Exobiology program for supporting our research!




Aug 19, New perspective article Unmasking common principles and practices for microbiome engineering co-authored by Roland is published in Nature Reviews Microbiology.

Congrats to lead authors Chris Lawson and Trina McMahon! ​PDF



Aug 19, Will Christian joins the lab as our newest graduate student. Welcome to the lab!



May 9, Anthony and George are awarded a Student Research Grant by the Montana Academy of Sciences. Congrats!



May 1, Mackenzie passes her candidacy exam. Congrats Mack!

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2017, Jan 1, the Hatzenpichler lab opens in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Bldg of MSU