COMMITTED TO SCIENCE

HHMI Tangled Bank Studios was founded in 2012 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as an extension of our longstanding commitment to science education. HHMI is the largest private nonprofit supporter of science education and biomedical research in the United States. Twenty-eight current or former HHMI scientists have won the Nobel Prize.

HHMI Tangled Bank Studios delivers captivating and visually stunning stories to audiences worldwide. Our team works with some of the world’s best filmmakers to craft exceptional films about science for broadcast, theatrical and digital distribution.

We select our projects based on scientific importance, originality, story, and the project’s potential for impact. We focus primarily, but not exclusively, on the life sciences, and prioritize around four main themes.

PIONEERS OF SCIENCE

Telling the stories of scientific trailblazers.

FRONTIERS IN MEDICINE

Exploring major biomedical challenges and advances.

THE HEALTH OF OUR PLANET

Highlighting science-based approaches to understanding and preserving our planet.

COUNTERING DENIALISM

Presenting scientific evidence on contentious topics, such as evolution and vaccination.

Our Team

Sean B. Carroll

Sean B. Carroll

Executive Director of HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and Vice President of HHMI’s Department of Science Education
An internationally recognized scientist, award-winning author, and educator, Sean B. Carroll leads HHMI’s Department of Science Education and...
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It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us.

Charles Darwin, “On the Origin of Species”

Collaborate with us

We work with leading production companies, directors, writers, journalists, scientists and mission-oriented partners to ensure that our projects have broad reach and meaningful impact.