Nikon Small World Exhibit

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The Nikon Small World Exhibit is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. Each year, the exhibit travels throughout North America at selected museums and centers for science. The Marine Biological Laboratory is pleased to be the only Massachusetts stop on the exhibit tour.

Exhibit Hours:

June: Monday through Friday, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

July: Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM through July 27

Marine Biological Laboratory
MBL Club
100 Water Street, Woods Hole
Free and open to the public


thinking-big-looking-small-koExhibit Reception: Wednesday, July 11 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM

MBL Club, 100 Water Street, Woods Hole

Get a glimpse into a world that most have never seen—the intersection of art and science as viewed through the lens of a microscope. Meet MBL scientists and learn about new advances in microscopy.

Light refreshments. Family-friendly.

  • “Magnifying Curiosity Worldwide; One Microscope at a Time” – Manu Prakash, Stanford University biophysicist and creator of Foldscope, the $1 pocket microscope
  • Hands-On Exhibits with MBL scientists

Free parking available in any MBL lot.

1st Place – Bram van den Broek, Andriy Volkov, Kees Jalink, Nicole Schwarz & Reinhard Windoffer, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, The Netherlands - Immortalized human skin cells expressing fluorescently tagged keratin, Confocal, 40x (objective lens magnification)
2nd Place – Havi Sarfaty, Eyecare Clinic Yahud-Monoson, Israel - Senecio vulgaris (a flowering plant) seed head, Stereomicroscopy, 2x
3rd Place – Jean-Marc Babalian Nantes, France - Living Volvox algae releasing its daughter colonies, Differential Interference Contrast, 100x
4th Place – Teresa Zgoda, Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, New York, USA - Taenia solium (tapeworm) everted scolex, 200x
5th Place – Dean Lerman Netanya, Israel - Mold on a tomato, Reflected Light, Focus Stacking, 3.9x
6th Place – David A. Johnston, University of Southampton/University Hospital Southampton, Biomedical Imaging Unit Southampton, United Kingdom - Lily pollen, Confocal, 63x (objective lens magnification)
7th Place – Ryo Egawa, Nagoya University, Graduate School of Medicine Nagoya, Japan - Individually labeled axons in an embryonic chick ciliary ganglionConfocal, Tissue Clearing, Brainbow (labeling technique), 30x
8th Place – Michael Perny, University of Bern, Institute for Infectious Diseases Bern, Switzerland - Newborn rat cochlea with sensory hair cells (green) and spiral ganglion neurons (red)Confocal, 100x
9th Place – Catarina Moura, Sumeet Mahajan, Richard Oreffo, & Rahul Tare, University of Southampton, United Kingdom - Growing cartilage-like tissue in the lab using bone stem cells, SHG and CARS, 20x, collagen (green); 40x, fat (red)
10th Place – Csaba Pintér, University of Pannonia, Georgikon Faculty, Department of Plant Protection Keszthely, Hungary - Phyllobius roboretanus (weevil), Stereomicroscopy, 80x