Nick Reichart​​ 2nd year grad student

Nick earned his B.S. in biology with a chemistry minor from York College of Pennsylvania in 2014. He then worked as a research technologist at The Center for Inherited Disease Research at Johns Hopkins. Since 2016 he pursues a PhD in biochemistry through the Molecular Bioscience Program. Nick studies uncultured microbes in Yellowstone hot springs, with an emphasis on archaea that might be involved in carbon cycling. In addition, he works on the development of a novel bioorthogonal labeling approach to visualize DNA-synthesizing cells using click chemistry.  

​​​​​​Graduate students

Rachel Lange Spietz, PhD                                                                   Visit GoogleScholar profile

Rachel earned her B.S. in Environmental Biology with minors in Microbiology and Soil Science in 2009 from MSU Bozeman. In 2013, she received a M.Sc. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington (UW) researching the effects of decreasing dissolved oxygen on microbial communities in Hood Canal, WA. During her PhD in the School of Oceanography at UW (2013-2017), she studied the influence of deep-sea volcanic eruptions on pelagic microbial communities and the ecophysiological role of an abundant and ubiquitous mixotrophic sulfur-oxidizing marine bacterial clade. As a post-doc at MSU, Rachel is studying the spatial distribution of microbial activity in salt marsh and deep sea sediments.

Viola Krukenberg​, PhD                                                                        Visit GoogleScholar profile

Viola earned a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Göttingen (GE) in 2009 and graduated with a M.Sc. in Marine Microbiology from the University of Bremen (GE) in 2011. During her PhD studies (2012-2015) at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (Bremen), Viola worked with Gunter Wegener and Antje Boetius on the microbial interactions in anaerobic methane-oxidizing consortia. After a short postdoc at the MPI, she started her postdoc at MSU in 2017. Viola studies the physiology of uncultured microbes and their biogeochemical function in the transformation of diverse carbon compounds in deep-sea sediments of the Guaymas Basin.


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​​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. If you are interested in working with us, while pursuing a PhD in microbiology, please contact Roland.

Mackenzie Lynes 1st year grad student

Mackenzie earned her B.S. in microbiology with a minor in plant pathology from the Ohio State University in 2016. Following her degree, she participated in the Higher Education Research Experience program at Oak Ridge National labs for a year. She started her PhD in biochemistry at MSU in 2017. Mackenzie studies uncultured archaea in geothermal features of the mud volcano and Porcupine Hills regions of Yellowstone NP in order to define seasonal changes in microbial community composition and geochemistry and characterize novel archaea.

Mackenzie's work is supported through NSF BuG ReMeDEE and the Thermal Biology Institute.

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​​Roland Hatzenpichler, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Affiliated Faculty at the Thermal Biology InstituteCenter for Biofilm Engineering

Roland earned his Ph.D. in Microbial Ecology in the lab of Michael Wagner at the University of Vienna (Austria). After finishing his Ph.D. in 2011, he moved to the U.S. to perform postdoctoral research with Victoria Orphan at the California Institute of Technology. Roland moved to MSU in summer 2016 as an Asst. Res. Prof. in the Dep. of Microbiology and Immunology. In November 2016, he started his position as Asst. Prof. in the Dep. of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

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​email: roland.hatzenpichler (at)     phone: 406 994 5469


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