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Scott Chimileski, PhD


I am a microbiologist and imaging specialist based in Woods Hole, MA, where I am a Research Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)From 2015 to 2019 I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Kolter Lab, within the Department of Microbiology of Harvard Medical School. Roberto Kolter and I are Guest Curators of the exhibition Microbial Life: A Universe at the Edge of Sightopen at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. And we are coauthors of Life at the Edge of Sight: A Photographic Exploration of the Microbial World, published by Harvard University Press in 2017.


I maintain this website as a catalog of my personal scientific photography, with specialties in high-resolution macrophotography and timelapse. Many of my photographs were captured during travels to sites around the world where exceptional microbial forms flourish, such as Yellowstone National Park. Most images in this collection were captured with my DSLR camera.


To learn more about my research field and work as a biological imaging specialist, I recommend "The Beautiful Intelligence of Microbes," a multimedia feature from Quanta Magazine


My imagery has been published or broadcast by WIRED, TIME, The Atlantic, STAT, The Scientist, NPR, Natural HistoryScientific 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 Sunday Morning. 


I received a Passion in Science Award in Arts & Creativity from New England Biolabs in 2016, and FASEB BioArt awards in 20162017, and 2019Lists of publications, journal covers & image credits are on my CVSome links to interviews & articles about my work are on my press page.



Contact & Image use


Still images and animations on this website cannot be reproduced without written permission. I support educational use of my images for not-for-profit enterprises, with permission and attribution. Please email me to inquire about image files for educational media, special projects, or other image uses.


scott.chimileski@microbephotography.com



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

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