About - Scott Chimileski Photography - Into the microbial world
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Scott Chimileski, PhD


I am a microbiologist, educator, science photographer, author and public speaker currently based at Paul Smith's College of the Adirondacks and Harvard University. From 2015 to 2019 I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Kolter Labat Harvard Medical School. I am currently assistant professor of microbiology at Paul Smith's College and I continue to work with the Harvard Microbial Sciences InitiativeHarvardX, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History. I am also an Associate Blogger at Small Things Considered.


Roberto Kolter and I are guest curators of the ongoing exhibition, Microbial Life: A Universe at the Edge of Sight, open through March 1, 2020 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. We are also coauthors of Life at the Edge of Sight: A Photographic Exploration of the Microbial World, published by Harvard University Press in September 2017.


For a multimedia feature on my research field and work as an imaging specialist, I recommend "The Beautiful Intelligence of Microbesat Quanta Magazine


My images have been published by WIRED, TIME, The Atlantic, STAT, The Scientist, NPR, Natural History MagazineScientific AmericanSmithsonian Magazine, Fast Company, The Biologist, HHMI  Biointeractive, PNAS, Tangled Bank Studios, Quanta, the NIH Director’s Blog, WBUR Boston, Wellcome Trust, Seeker, The Verge, TED Talks, and CBS. 


I received a Passion in Science Award in Arts & Creativity from New England Biolabs in 2016 and was a winner of FASEB's BioArt competition in 2016 and 2017


Lists of publications, journal covers & image credits are on my CV


Some links to interviews & articles about my work are on my press page.



Contact & Image use


All photographs on this website are protected by copyright and cannot be used without purchase or written permission. Please purchase an image or print or email scott_chimileski@hms.harvard.edu to ask about image files for special projects or  image uses.


I  have a Creative Commons gallery where some of my images can be immediately downloaded for educational use with attribution. 


At the White Cliffs of Dover, UK. Natural chalk is made of  the fossils  of ancient phytoplankton.

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