Maximiliano Amenabar

Montana State University
Department of Microbiology
230 Chemistry and Biochemistry & Building
Bozeman, MT 59717


Research Interest

I am from Chile, where I obtained my Bachelor of Biochemistry degree and my Professional Degree of Biochemist after the thesis “Purification and Characterization of Glutamate Dehydrogenase enzyme from a microorganism isolated from a drying oven”. In terms of my research experience, I have focused my interest in the study of extremophilic microorganisms. During my work in Chile, my main research line was the screening and characterization of new hyperthermophilic microorganisms and also enzyme purifications from different extremophilic microorganisms.  In addition to my research I have experience in Antarctic scientific expeditions which include the recollection of samples under extreme conditions.  I recently joined Dr. John Peters’ Lab and I would really like to perform different microbiological and biochemical analysis in several hot springs from Yellowstone, in order to have a better comprehension about different metabolic pathway occurring at high temperature.  I enjoy climbing, hiking and biking; on the other hand I am a Fireman volunteer of Santiago Fire Department from Chile.