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.


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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 2017 edition of "Insights," the guide to the Galleries

Admission to the Koch Institute Public Galleries is free.

Middle and high school student groups may be interested in our Youth Outreach Program, which includes guided tours of the exhibits in the Koch Institute Public Galleries.

Image Awards

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 135 submissions to the 2017 Awards, 10 winning images were selected by an expert panel to appear in the Galleries. The new exhibition will open on March 24.

2017 Selection Panel

Alissa Ambrose, Senior Photo Editor, STAT
Marie Bao, PhD, Senior Editor, Developmental Cell, Cell Press
Catherine Draycott, Head of Wellcome Images, Wellcome Trust, London, UK
David Edwards, PhD, ArtScience Labs and Le Laboratoire Cambridge
Janis Fraser, PhD '76 (VII), Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C., Member, KI Director's Council
Dan Hart, Senior Developer, WGBH
Anne E. Havinga, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Senior Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Mandar Deepak Muzumdar, MD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Jacks Laboratory, Koch Institute at MIT; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Attending Physician, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Bethany Millard, Executive Producer, Phosphorous Production and Chair, MIT Corporation Partners Program

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.

As a result of a partnership launched in 2011, each Koch Institute Image Awards exhibtion also features one image from the Wellcome Images at the Wellcome Trust. View those images here or learn more about Wellcome Images on their website.

Image Library

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 2017 Image Awards winners

Hall of Fame

All winning images from the KI Image Awards

2017 Runners Up

Non-winning submissions to the 2017 Image Awards

2016 Image Award winners

View all submissions to the 2016 Image Awards here.

2015 Image Award winners

View all submissions to the 2015 Image Awards here.

2014 Image Award winners

View all submissions to the 2014 Image Awards here.

2013 Image Award winners

View all submissions to the 2013 Image Awards here.

2012 Image Award winners

View all submissions to the 2012 Image Awards here.

2011 Image Award winners

View all submissions to the 2011 Image Awards here.