Roland Hatzenpichler

Talk Title : Diversity, ecophysiology, and activity of uncultured and newly cultured archaea in Yellowstone hot springs.

Time : 24th August 2021 – 9:30 (KL, GMT+8) / 11:30 (Sydney, GMT+10)

Roland Hatzenpichler earned his M.Sc. (2006) and Ph.D. (2011) in microbial ecology in the lab of Michael Wagner at the University of Vienna (Austria). From 2011-2016, he was a postdoc with Victoria Orphan at the California Institute of Technology. Since Nov. 2016, he has been an Assistant Professor in MSU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He also is an Affiliated Faculty at the Center for Biofilm Engineering and the Thermal Biology Institute at Montana State University. Since starting his tenure track position, he has raised >$10M in funding, with $3.3M going to his lab, which as of July 2021 consists of 5 graduate students, 3 postdocs and 1 staff scientist. In their research, the Hatzenpichler lab focuses on four main topics:

  1. the ecophysiology of yet uncultured archaea, with a focus on extreme environments (Yellowstone hot springs and deep-sea sediments);
  2. the development of the next-generation of ecophysiology tools, with a focus on substrate analog probing and correlative microscopy techniques;
  3. the sources of methane in the environment; and
  4. the biology of obligate multicellular bacteria.

In 2017, he was named a NASA Early Career Fellow.

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