Scott Chimileski

Scott Chimileski

Scott Chimileski is a Research Fellow in Roberto Kolter’s laboratory at Harvard Medical School and a member of the ASM Writer Team. Scott's research is focused on imaging biofilms and other microbial multicellular forms. He is a photographer, coauthor of the book Life at the Edge of Sight: A Photographic Exploration of Microbial World, and is currently spearheading several exhibitions on microbial life at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. You can find him on Twitter @socialmicrobes.

Saturday, 04 November 2017 23:45

Bacterial Dyes in Fashion

Will there be a day not long in the future, when our clothing is colored by bacteria?


Monday, 11 September 2017 15:08

Microbial Reefs of New York

Exotic microbial structures are probably growing closer to home than you think. The microbial reefs of New York are one such example – what can you find near you?

Saturday, 29 July 2017 17:18

The Mysterious Landscape

Do “microbial landscapes” really exist? Or is that phrase simply a poetic way to write about microbial ecology?

Long before microscopes were invented, ancient physicians and scholars imagined the existence of microbes.

Friday, 14 April 2017 14:37

Haunts of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

Retrace the steps of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek in his home city of Delft in the Netherlands, where microbiology began.

Who took the first photograph through a microscope and who took the first photograph of a microbe?

Friday, 16 December 2016 14:08

The Natural History of Cheese Mites

Some of the most delicious aged cheeses are the natural habitat of tiny arachnids that make a living foraging for fungi within the rind.

Friday, 18 November 2016 20:58

No Democracy for Tardigrades

Are you worried about the presidential election? Here's one way of putting it all in perspective—look into the beauty and biodiversity of the microbial world.

Friday, 26 August 2016 17:28

Age of the Microzoo

Written by Scott Chimileski and Julie Wolf | In 3500 BCE, Egyptian rulers built a menagerie of exotic creatures within the ancient capital of Hierakonpolis. Archaeologists have found 112 animal skeletons at this site: the first zoo on Earth. But from this earliest exhibition of the natural world through today’s most famous animal displays, zoos have featured only macroscopic organisms. By not including microbes, they’ve left out most life on the planet.

Saturday, 06 August 2016 18:21

Hey Bear! Can I Sample Your Microbiota?

Have you ever been in a stressful situation and distracted yourself by deliberately thinking of something else? How about recalling recent research on the grizzly bear microbiome, while a wild mother grizzly bear with her cub is a few hundred feet away?

This story of lumbering apex predators and their microbes takes place in Glacier National Park in Montana. It’s the last in the series celebrating the microbiology of our National Parks! 

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