​​Aug 27, Juliana Beauchene presents poster at the Thermophiles conference in South Africa:

Discovering the metabolic adaptations of alkaliphilic hyperthermophilic archaea to their

extreme environment In Yellowstone National Park




Aug 30, postdoc Viola Krukenberg back from Woods Hole, where she served as TA in the Microbial Diversity Course


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

News release by JGI and EMSL



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

Read MRI abstract



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. 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



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 by email.

Recent events

Nov 14-15, Roland at annual meeting of the NSF Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations in Marina, CA

​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.


Upcoming events

Roland Hatzenpichler, PhD                         

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Montana State University, Bozeman

contact: roland.hatzenpichler (at) montana.edu