Recent and selected past events

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.

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.

Oct 21, George presents on novel correlative microscopy approaches at the New Lineages of Life symposium

Oct 25-26, Ashley and Roland present early results from our collaborative Asgard archaea project at Moore-Simons meeting on the Origin of the Eukaryotic Cell

​Nov 11, Roland presents research on methane-cycling microbes to the Department of Microbiology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria

​Nov 29, Roland presents on Next Generation Physiology approaches in seminar at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany

​Sep 23, Anthony gives short talk on Culexarchaeales​ at the New Lineages of Life symposium, hosted by the Joint Genome Institute


Sep 16, George presents his research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA


​Sep 1, Hatzenpichler lab and collaborators receive "Most Impactful Science" Poster award at the Joint Genome Institute User Meeting for our poster entitled "Methanogenic archaea and aerobic methane-synthesizing bacteria from diverse Yellowstone habitats"



Aug 9, Anthony, Paige and Roland are awarded a research seed grant by MSU's Vice President’s Office of Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education and the Thermal Biology Institute to support Paige's work on hot spring Crenarchaeota. Congrats!



Aug 1, The lab says fare well to newly minted Dr. Nick Reichart! Nick is the first PhD graduate from our lab. He will soon start a postdoc position in the lab of Aaron Wright at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory!



Aug 1, New collaborative study on correlative microscopy analyses of active cells and their association with minerals in intact sediment cores published in Environmental Microbiology. Spatially-resolved correlative microscopy and microbial identification reveals dynamic depth- and mineral- dependent anabolic activity in salt marsh sediment. Congrats to first author Jeff Marlow!   PDF




Jun 18, New collaborative paper led by Wang and McDermott published in PNAS. Aerobic bacterial methane synthesis. Congrats Qian and Tim and thanks for involving us in this exciting new research area! More exciting results will come soon!  PDF  MSU press release



Jun 10, Congrats to Anthony and Paige on receiving summer research fellowships by MSU's Thermal Biology Institute!



May 28, Network for Life Detection (Nfold) White paper for the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Schmid B et al., Roland co-authoring   PDF




Apr 22, Nick's paper High potential for biomass-degrading enzymes revealed by hot spring metagenomics is published in Frontiers in Microbiology. Thanks to Bob Bowers and Tanja Woyke for collaborating & congratulations on your second paper, Nick!   PDF

Behind the paper: Watch video on Nick's XP working at the JGI



Mar 1, New book chapter Counting mRNA Copies in Intact Bacterial Cells by Fluctuation Localization Imaging-Based Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (fliFISH). This work is a result from our collaborative FICUS project with Galya Orr and Dehong Hu at EMSL.   PDF