About the Lab

The Geomicrobial Physiology lab at the University of Colorado Boulder started in the Fall of 2016 and is focused on studying the physiological drivers of geochemical fingerprints of microbial metabolism, particularly isotopic effects and molecular markers. The lab is part of the newly expanding Geobiology program in the Department of Geological Sciences at CU Boulder, that also comprises Alexis Templeton’s, Julio Sepulveda’s, Boswell Wing’s and Steve Mojzsis’ groups, and has close ties with the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) and the Biofrontiers Institute. Please note that this website is still under construction and more information will follow soon. In the meantime, please contact sebastian.kopf (at) colorado.edu about upcoming research opportunities at CU Boulder.

Recent News


1st Rocky Mountain Geobiology Symposium

The first Rocky Mountain Geobiology Symposium (RMGS) took place at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO with participants from all over the Rocky Mountain states and beyond enjoying a fantastic day of science, new connections, sunny Colorado spring weather and a memorable end-of-day at Golden’s New Terrain Brewing.... read more

Shaelyn's thesis defense

Shaelyn Silverman successfully defended her senior thesis on the Morphological and Isotopic Changes of Anabaena cylindrica PCC 7122 in Response to N2 Partial Pressure. After a year of hard work first with Sanjoy Som at NASA Ames over the summer after her junior year, followed by research in the Geomicrobial... read more

First lab visitor: Matt Salie

The lab welcomes its first visitor. Matt Salie from the Williamson Lab at the Scripps Research Institute is visiting us this week to gain experience with continuous culturing techniques and gather preliminary data for his postdoctoral work on proteome dynamics. Welcome Matt!

Welcome Jody

Jody Donnelly starts today as the joint lab manager for the Geomicrobial Physiology and Evolution labs. Jody comes to us with a fantastic skillset from her work at Luca Technologies, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and will be instrumental in getting... read more