About the Galleries

Photos of the Galleries courtesy of Ellenzweig, Architect

The Koch Institute Public Galleries strive to engage diverse public audiences in the fascinating, complex, visual, personal, and important work being done at the cutting edge of cancer research. Click on the images below to learn more about each exhibit in the Galleries, and register now to attend the opening of the 2015 Koch Institute Image Awards exhibition.

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Koch Institute Public Galleries
500 Main Street, Cambridge, MA
MIT Building 76 


8am–6pm, Monday–Thursday
8am-4pm, Friday






Download the spring/summer 2014 edition of "Insights," the guide to the Galleries

Admission to the Koch Institute Public Galleries is free.

Koch Institute Image Awards

Scientific data comes in many flavors and types, but a special place is reserved for images. Micrographs, MRI scans and other biomedical images serve as windows through which experts and non-scientists alike can glimpse otherwise invisible biological worlds.

The Koch Institute Image Awards were established to recognize and publicly display these extraordinary visuals. Out of more than 120 submissions to the 2014 Awards, 10 winning images were selected by an expert panel to appear in the Galleries.

2014 Selection Panel

Paula Apsell, Senior Executive Producer, NOVA and NOVA scienceNOW, WGBH Boston
Jonathan Christison, Director, Commercial Business Development, Cell Press and Elsevier Life Science
Catherine Draycott, Head of Wellcome Images, Wellcome Trust, London, UK
John Durant, Director, MIT Museum and Adjunct Professor, MIT Program in Science, Technology, and Society
Felice Frankel, Science Photographer; Research Scientist, MIT Center for Materials Science and Engineering
Janis Fraser, PhD '76 (VII), Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C., Member of the Koch Institute Leadership Council
Vasilena Gocheva, Postdoctoral Fellow, Jacks Lab, Koch Institute
Wendy Salmon, Light Microscopy Specialist, Whitehead Institute

Click the square pictures below to explore the stories behind this year's winning images and other current exhibits. Click on the Image Library tab above to explore images from previous years' contests. The 2015 exhibtion will open on March 10. Click here to register for the opening event.

We are constantly developing new exhibits to ensure that the Galleries remain a locus of current and exciting science outreach.  As new exhibits are unveiled, visitors can still explore previous exhibits on this page.

Main Galleries

Exhibits currently on display at the KI Public Galleries, including the 2014 Image Awards winners

Hall of Fame

All winning images from the KI Image Awards

2014 Runners Up

Non-winning submissions to the 2014 Image Awards

2013 Image Awards

All submissions to the 2013 Image Awards

2012 Image Awards

All submissions to the 2012 Image Awards

2011 Image Awards

All submissions to the 2011 Image Awards