The Astrobiology and Life in Extreme Environments Program at Montana State University is an overarching center comprised of three of MSU’s top research centers focused on extremophile research: Thermal Biology Institute, The Cold Regions Research Program, and the Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center. By bringing together the work of these three centers that encompass the spectrum of extremophile and origin of life research at MSU, we will be able to better serve the basic goals of each research center: unlocking the mysteries and potentials of extremophiles in the search for answers to the evolution of life on earth, the search for life on other planets and applications on Earth in climate change, biofuels, medicine, bioremediation, and sustainable energy.
The Thermal Biology Institute
TBI has a long history of conducting and promoting research and education focused on the unique and interrelated physical
and chemical processes of geothermal environments of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem including a record of outstanding
scientific achievements by TBI faculty.
Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center
ABRC is an interdisciplinary research team funded by the NASA Astrobiology Institute. ABRC supports NASA's mission
to investigate habitability beyond Earth by studying conditions of early Earth and the chemical processes that
changed Earth from an abiotic planet to an environment thriving with life.
Director John Peters is currently Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of the NASA funded Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center and the MSU Thermal Biology Institute. His research interests are in complex iron–sulfur enzymes, specifically hydrogenase and nitrogenase structure, function and biosynthesis. Read more
Associate Director John Priscu is a leading expert on cold climate biology. He has spent many field seasons in Antarctica, focusing research on microbial biogeochemistry in aquatic systems emphasizing the roles of nitrogen and phosphorus in microbial growth. Life associated with Antarctic ice and its relationship to global change and astrobiology. Dr. Priscu is a professor of Ecology at MSU. Read more
5th International Conference on Polar and Alpine Microbiology, Big Sky, Montana, USA, September 8-13, 2013.
FameLab March 2013 Exploring Earth and Beyond...at the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference!