Upcoming events

​Oct 18, NSF funds collaborative project Building Genome-to-Phenome Infrastructure for Regulating

Methane in Deep and Extreme Environments by MSU and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Congratulations to MSU PI Robin Gerlach. Our team is excited to be part of this project!

MSU News release




Oct 3, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Marine Microbiology Initiative funds our

collaborative project with Peter Girguis (Harvard) and Mark Ellisman (UCSD) to resolve

the activity of marine microbes at nm to cm scale. Thanks a lot for your support!







​​​​Aug 27, undergraduate researcher Juliana Beauchene presents poster at the Thermophiles

conference in South Africa: Discovering the metabolic adaptations of alkaliphilic hyper-

thermophilic archaea to their extreme environment In Yellowstone National Park





Aug 30, postdoc Viola Krukenberg back from Woods Hole, where she served as a 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. Prospective students are encouraged to apply to both the Chem-Biochem and Molecular Biosciences Program.

Recent events

Nov 13-16, Roland at annual meeting of the NSF Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations in Marina, CA


Dec 1, Roland gives seminar at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, TX


Apr 5, Roland gives seminar at BioTechnology Institute, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN


Apr 15-18, Roland at conference on New Opportunities to Study Origins of the Eukaryotic Cell, HHMI-Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA



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.