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.  

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​​Roland Hatzenpichler, PhD

Assistant Professor in Biochemistry in the 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

Viola Krukenberg​, PhD

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 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.


Australian Labradoodle puppy in charge of moral support.


​​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.

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 pursuing her PhD in biochemistry at MSU in 2017. Mackenzie studies uncultured microbes in the mud volcano region of Yellowstone National Park in order to define seasonal changes in microbial community composition and geochemistry.