The MBL in Living Color: Selected Microscopy Images and Movies

The MBL in Living Color: Selected Microscopy Images and Movies
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If you spend any time at the MBL, you’ll soon be dazzled by the images and movies that stream from the labs and courses. Scientists here continually push the boundaries of speed, resolution, and general awesomeness in helping us visualize life at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels of action. Here is a small sample of images and movies generated by MBL scientists, faculty and students that bubbled into our news feed in 2018. Here’s to a bright New Year!

Spider embryo imaged by Tessa Montague in the MBL Embryology Course. This image took 5th place in Nikon’s 2018 Small World Photography Competition.

Copepod encased in a hydrogel. Credit: MBL Research Scientist Eric Edsinger

Squid embryos fertilized and cultured in vitro. Credit: MBL Whitman Fellow Karen Crawford, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Cilia on the single-celled organism Stentor. Credit: Aidan Fenix, MBL Physiology Course

Juvenile squid. Credit: Wang Chi Lau, MBL Embryology Course. Science magazine selected this as one of its favorite published images in 2018.

Distinct protein droplets form with different RNA. Credit: E.M. Langdon et al., Science, 2018

Female rotifer. Credit: MBL scientists Michael Shribak and Kristin Gribble

Cartilage staining of little skate embryo. Credit: MBL Whitman Fellows J.L. Gomez-Skarmeta and Tetsuya Nakamura

Chameleon embryo imaged by Teresa Zogoda in the MBL Embryology Course. This image received an honorable mention in the 2018 Nikon Small World Competition.


Microtubules sliding on kinesin motors. Credit: Aidan Fenix, MBL Physiology Course


Rotation about an anchor point allows the single-celled organism Stentor to optimize its food intake. Credit: MBL Whitman Center Fellow Janet Sheung of Vassar College


Stimulation of nerves in cuttlefish skin. Credit: MBL Whitman Center investigator Paloma Gonzalez-Bellido