Microbial Art

ESHEL BEN-JACOB‘s web site


Eshel Ben-Jacob

Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob is Maguy-Glass Chair in Physics of Complex Systems in the School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

These images are part of a series of remarkable patterns that bacteria form when grown in a petri dish. The colors and shading are artistic additions, but the image templates are actual colonies of tens of billions of individual microorganisms. The colony structures form as adaptive responses to laboratory-imposed stresses that mimic hostile environments faced in nature.  Please visit Dr. Ben-Jacob’s website for more information.


Featured gallery: Dr. Ben Wise and students

A collection of “Microbe Masterpieces” created by Dr. Ben Wise’s microbiology students at Keene State College using various species of bacteria that produce different pigments.



Artworks from two exhibits created using bioluminescent bacteria by members of the Center for Biofilm Engineering and the Montana State University School of Art.


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