Martin Oeggerli

(born 1974, Solothurn), PhD, is a Swiss molecular biologist who uses his microscope to probe the tiniest enclaves of nature, taking his sharp eye for beauty to the nanoscale. Styling himself as a Micronaut—explorer of invisible worlds—Oeggerli creates incredible microscopic photographs using a combination of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and post-processing coloration. 
Oeggerli has a background in cancer research, but mainly worked as science photographer over the past 10 years. His work has been featured in BBCNatureVogue, and most prominently, National GeographicIn 2012, the scientific journal Nature published an interview-article on Micronaut’s career. Following two iconic CELL covers by Micronaut within 12 months, CELL also produced two interviews (2018 and 2020), and asked Micronaut to create his own CELL Picture Show (2018). Most recently, CELL published a comic about the artist’s daily life (2020). Micronaut is a member of ‚The Photo Society‘ which represents the ‚Who is Who‘ in Photojournalism and Special Photography.

Image: © Pablo Wünsch-Blanco (2019)



It is a wonderful tribute to the miraculous process of evolution

Todd James

Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic

I greatly admire your innovative work.

Ai Weiwei

Artistic Director, 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale

Martin has put scientific photography on a new esthetic level.

Dr. med. Wolfgang Bengel

Vice president DGZMB