Roland Hatzenpichler photo

Office: 111 Chemistry Biochemistry Building
Specialty: Environmental microbiology

Professional experience

2016–Present   Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, MSU

2011–2016   Postdoctoral Scholar, Geobiology, Caltech    


2011   Doctorate degree, Microbial Ecology, Univ. of Vienna, Austria    

2006   Master's degree, Microbial Ecology, Univ. of Vienna, Austria

Research interests

  • The function and activity of the “uncultivated majority” of microorganisms, and how their physiology impacts the environment across a range of scales, from micron to global.
  • The use of novel approaches to probe in situ activity, including biorthogonal non-canonical amino acid tagging (BONCAT) with fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), stable isotope probing, and cell sorting.


Montana State University & CBE publications searchable by author via CBE Publications Database

Dr. Hatzenpichler's Research Website

Courses, Grants, Outreach

Related News

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“MSU graduate student wins prestigious NASA award to study unique bacteria” MSU News 07/01/2020

“MSU researchers among international consortium proposing new scientific naming system” MSU News 06/10/2020

“MSU biochemist’s research takes him to the seafloor to collect microorganisms” MSU News 01/14/2019 

“MSU biochemist awarded grant to study how deep-sea microorganisms break down carbon” MSU News 08/02/2018

“MSU researchers receive $1.8 million to study methane-converting microbes” MSU News 10/18/2017

 “MSU biochemist named NASA Early Career Fellow for research on ‘magnetic’ bacteria” MSU News 08/21/2017