Exhibits Gallery

  • Christian Boehmer Anfinsen

    Christian Anfinsen: Protein Folding and the Nobel Prize

    This exhibition celebrates Christian Anfinsen's legacy by illuminating just a few of his contributions to science and society.

  • Photo of Michael Potter in his lab

    Michael Potter: The Work of Michael Potter

    To Potter, science was driven by curiosity, not competition, and the only goal was to answer questions about the nature of life.

  • Marshall Nirenberg

    Marshall Nirenberg: Deciphering the Genetic Code

    This exhibit explores the Nobel Prize-winning work of NHLBI's Marshall Nirenberg, who deciphered the genetic code in the early 1960s with the collaboration of his NIH colleagues.

  • Photograph of Earl and Thressa Stadtman

    The Stadtman Way: A Tale of Two Biochemists at NIH

    Accomplished biochemists and beloved mentors, Thressa and Earl Stadtman have worked at NIH for more than half a century.

  • Photograph of Santiago Ramón y Cajal sitting at his drawing table with a microscope printed large on exhibit

    Santiago Ramón y Cajal: The Beginnings of Modern Neuroscience

    Santiago Ramón y Cajal was the first to describe the nervous system, including neurons, in exquisite detail.  His original drawings, as well as information about current NIH neuroscience, are on exhibit in NIH Building 35, the Porter Neuroscience Center.

  • Howard Bartner

     Howard Bartner & 40 Years of Medical Illustration

    Howard Bartner, an NIH medical illustrator, devoted 40 years to portraying human anatomy in his drawings.

  • Roscoe Brady & Gaucher Disease

    How medical researchers study diseases, by answering three basic questions. Focuses on Dr. Roscoe Brady's team at NINDS and their work with Gaucher disease.

  • photo of Charles Darwin

    Charles Darwin: Rewriting the Book of Nature

    Formally titled “Rewriting the Book of Nature: Charles Darwin and the Rise of Evolutionary Theory,” the exhibit describes the Charles Darwin’s life and the fortunes of the theory of evolution by natural selection.

  • Joseph Goldberger

    Joseph Goldberger & the War on Pellagra

    Dr. Joseph Goldberger discovered of the cause of pellagra, a disease that killed many poor Southerners in the early part of the 20th century.  His finding, that pellagra was caused by a diet deficient in vitamin B, was met by political and social resistance.

  • Rodbell sitting in a boat holding a camera

    Martin Rodbell: How Cells Respond to Signals

    Martin Rodbell and his colleagues discovered a mechanism that transformed our understanding of how cells respond to signals. In a series of pioneering experiments conducted at the NIH, Rodbell studied hormones--substances which have specific effects on cells' activity. He won the 1994 Nobel Prize for this work.

  • Photo of Dr Bowman in the lab with SPF device

    The AMINCO-Bowman Spectrophotofluorometer

    In the 1950s, the NIH's Dr. Robert Bowman developed a sensitive instrument called the spectrophotofluorometer, or “SPF”, that allowed scientists to use fluorescence as a way to identify and measure tiny amounts of substances in the body.  This exhibit explores the instrument and its use in scientific studies ranging from anti-depressant medication to AIDS research and the Human Genome Project.