Aug 7, graduate student Mackenzie Lynes joins the lab



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



Jul 17, graduate student April Oliver joins the lab



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




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

​​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



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


Jan 2, Nick Reichart joins the 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.

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

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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.


Aug 27 - Sep 1, Juliana Beauchene travels to South Africa to present her work at the Thermophiles conference: Discovering the metabolic adaptations of alkaliphilic hyperthermophilic archaea to their extreme environment In Yellowstone National Park


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

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