In Memoriam Dr. Thomas Brock

Photo of Thomas Brock at Yellowstone Park.      Thomas Brock, the great microbiologist known          for  his discovery of hyperthermophiles and                Thermus aquaticus (leading to TAC polymerase          and the biotech revolution), passed away on                April 4, 2021. For more on Dr. Brock's                            momentous career, please click on the link                  above to a New York Times article dedicated to          his many achievements.


Montana Extreme Biofilm Research Experience for Undergraduates

10-week summer program designed to engage participants in a research project aimed at discovering new ways to grow, understand, and utilize extremophilic biofilms for human benefit. 

MSU scientists’ discovery in Yellowstone ‘extremely relevant’ to origin of life

Professor William Inskeep and his team of researchers published their findingsin the scientific journal Nature Microbiology

Undergraduate course:
'Extreme Microbiology in Yellowstone'   

NatGeo SupervolcanoYellowstone's Supervolcano

NatGeo features an inside look of this spectacular view underneath the Yellowstone caldera.

Watch Inside Yellowstone's Supervolcano!


A thermophile is a microscopic organism that thrives at relatively high temperatures, usually between 45 and 122° C. The Thermal Biology Institute at MSU is dedicated to studying the unique and diverse thermophiles found in Yellowstone National Park; uncovering their unusual adaptions to life in environments of extreme heat, pH and toxicity, and using what we learn about these microbes to advance fundamental and applied research in host of important research areas spanning alternative energy, medicine, ecology and agriculture, just to name a few. Read more about thermophiles


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Modern crime solving techniques and the science behind unraveling the riddles of genetic diseases, along with many other significant scientific advances, are due to the discovery of a certain thermophile in Yellowstone National Park. Read more Yellowstone discoveries