Microbial Life: A Universe at the Edge of Sight


Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

Free Exhibition Opening Lecture

Roberto Kolter, Professor Emeritus, Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology, Harvard Medical School; Director, Microbial Sciences Initiative, Harvard University

Scott Chimileski, Microbiologist and Photographer, Kolter Lab, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University

Although largely invisible, microbes are ubiquitous and
 have a profound influence on daily life. Using the familiar environment of our homes as a basis for their talk, Roberto Kolter and Scott Chimileski will guide the audience through
 a tour of the remarkable microbial universe, from “invisible chefs” instrumental in preparing many of our favorite foods, to microbes that inhabit our bodies and help keep us healthy. In considering the role microbes play in shaping both human life and the natural history of the planet, this lecture will introduce the new Microbial Life exhibition opening to the public Saturday, February 17. Program attendees are welcome to visit the museum galleries after the lecture for a sneak preview of the exhibit.

Evolution Matters Lecture Series

Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage.
Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the Microbial Sciences Initiative, Harvard University

Series supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit


This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page.

A recording of this program will be available on our YouTube channel approximately three weeks after the lecture.