Recent and upcoming events

Selected past 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.

​​​Aug 19, Nick is awarded one of this year's DOE Graduate Student Research Program Awards (SCGSR). He will spend most of next year as a graduate student intern at the DOE Joint Genome Institute in Berkeley (CA). There, he will work with our collaboration partner Tanja Woyke on the genomics and ecology of yet uncultured cellulolytic hot spring microbes. Congrats Nick!


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 coming soon


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!


Apr 8, Nick gives Thermal Biology Institute seminar discussing his use of bioorthogonal labeling to discover novel cellulolytic microbes in a Yellowstone hot spring   

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2018, Nov 16-29, Research cruise with R/V Atlantis and HOV Alvin

Read about our deep-sea research

Read about the deep-sea dive


​Video: Alvin retrieves samples during dive 4999, AT42-05










2018, Nov 5, our proposal ​Ecophysiology of uncultured archaea in geothermal features of Yellowstone

National Park is selected for funding by the NASA Exobiology program.Read the abstract 





​2018, Oct 31, Synthetic Biology Program proposal Optimization of Methylamine Conversion to Methane

via Synthetic Biology accepted by the JGI. We are excited to work with PI Tim McDermott and Co-PIs

Brian Bothner and Hans-Peter Grossart on this project!


2018, Oct 21, General Cycle User proposal Tracking substrate uptake and mRNA expression of aerobic

methane-producing bacteria in pelagic waters of Yellowstone Lake accepted by EMSL.

We are looking forward to continue working with PI Tim McDermott on this exciting project!



2018, Oct 1, Dr. Zackary Jay joins the lab as research scientist in bioinformatics. Welcome Zack!



2018, Sep 26, new grant by the NASA Early Career Fellowship Start-up Program is awarded

Development and application of novel bioorthogonal labeling approaches for studying microbial

metabolic activity at environmental extremes




2018, Aug 12-17, Nick, Viola and Roland present research results at the International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME), Leipzig, Germany




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