Scott Chimileski

Scott Chimileski

Harvard Medical School

Scott Chimileski is a microbiologist, educator, curator of science exhibitions, author and science photographer. Scott completed his doctoral work on archaeal biofilms at the University of Connecticut, with additional training in biofilm imaging methods at the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University.

He then continued to specialize in imaging biofilms and microbial communities as a postdoctoral fellow in the Kolter Lab at Harvard Medical School from 2015-2019. He is currently Assistant Professor of Biology at Paul Smith’s College, a small college in the Adirondack Mountain wilderness of New York that specializes in hands-on training in biological, environmental and ecological programs. Scott is coauthor with Roberto Kolter of the book Life at the Edge of Sight: A Photographic Exploration of Microbial World and is formerly senior contributor for and an associate blogger at Small Things Considered. He is guest curator of Microbial Life at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, which launched in early 2018 and remains open due to the exhibition's popularity.

Scott has received international recognition for his imagery, writing and exhibitions. His imagery has appeared in many popular outlets including TIME, WIRED, Quanta Magazine, The Atlantic and the NIH Director’s blog, and he is the recipient of several FASEB BioArt Awards and a Passion in Science Award in Arts and Creativity from New England Biolabs. In addition to the Microbial Life and World in a Drop exhibitions at the Harvard Museum, Scott has contributed scientific interpretation and imagery for more than 15 major science exhibitions in 7 countries, attracting millions of visitors in total based on venue data.

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