Scott Chimileski, PhD 

Bacteria and other microbial species have a bad reputation among the general public. Much of the history of microbiology has focused attention on species that cause disease – leading to major advances in medicine, but typecasting microbes as germs in the process. Now we know that most of the biodiversity on Earth is microbial.  There could be as many as one trillion microbial species and only a few hundred of them are know to cause disease. More importantly, we have microbes to thank for the formation and sustenance of the biosphere as we know it. We truly could not be here today in the first place, nor develop and maintain our health state, without microbes. This talk is a visual exploration of the beauty, balance and fundamental roles that microbes play out in our health and daily lives.

Scott Chimileski, PhD

Scott Chimileski is a microbiologist, photographer and author based in the Kolter and Baym Labs at Harvard Medical School. Scott is a guest curator of the Microbial Life exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History and coauthor of Life at the Edge of Sight: A Photographic Exploration of the Microbial World (Harvard University Press, 2017). He received a Passion in Science Award in Arts and Creativity from New England Biolabs in 2016 and the FASEB BioArt award in 2016 and 2017. Scott’s images have been published in many popular outlets, including TIME, WIRED, The Atlantic, STAT, NPR, Scientific American and Smithsonian Magazine.