Joan Broderick
Principal Investigator
Dept. Head Chemistry & Biochemistry

Joan received her B.S. in Chemistry from Washington State University and later her MS and PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at MIT and then started her career at Amherst College as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. She transitioned to Michigan State University where she was a Professor of Chemistry until 2005 when she moved to Montana State University. She was awarded the title of Women in Science Distinguished Professor in 2014 and currently serves as the Department Head of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Dept.

Will Broderick
Research and Teaching Professor

Will received a B.S. in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. at Washington State University. He was a postdoctoral scholar in molecular solid state materials with Brian Hoffman at Northwestern University. He has held faculty positions at the University at Albany- SUNY and Michigan State University before moving to Montana State University in 2005. He and Joan teach and run the Broderick group, while trying to keep up with their 15-year-old twin boys on the ski slopes, trout streams, and hiking trails around Bozeman.

Eric Shepard
Assistant Research Professor

Eric received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT before attending graduate school at Montana State University where he obtained his PhD in Biochemistry. He was a Senior Research Scientist until 2016 when he was promoted to Assistant Research Professor. Eric is an avid outdoorsman, and enjoys wildlife photography and exploring the mountains of Montana with his wife and dog.

Adrien Pagnier

Adrien joins us all the way from Grenoble, France. Adrien works on spore photoproduct lyase and the hydrogenase project. In his free time, he enjoys educating the lab on hand hygiene, eating dark chocolate, playing with his pet, Celine, and taking long expeditions on his bike.

Maike N. Lundahl


Brigitta Németh

Brigi was born and raised in Eastern-Europe. She has received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Szeged, in Hungary. For her PhD studies, she moved to Sweden to do her PhD in Biophysical and Bioinorganic chemistry at Uppsala University. Brigi’s work, life, love and attention is devoted to the characterization and deeper understanding of uncharacterized radical SAM enzymes. In her free time Brigi enjoys cooking, drawing, and organizing things.

Batuhan Balci
Graduate Student

Batu earned his B.Sc. in Bioengineering with a minor in Biochemistry from Istanbul Technical University and Montana State University. His undergraduate research studies were mainly focused on Mass Spectrometry based metabolomics and proteomics. Batu started his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Montana State University in 2019. His current research hopes to provide a better understanding of the mechanism behind [FeFe]-Hydrogenase maturation.

Will Walls
Graduate Student


Ethan Ellis
Lab manager




Past Group Members