Young Microbiome Researchers: Celsius & Beyond [Video]

For the uBiome team, working with other scientists is always rewarding, but we particularly enjoyed our recent collaboration with a team of researchers, many of whom were swamped by their lab coats and blue nitrile gloves. Why?

Well, they were 9 – 14 year old students participating in a fantastic program in San Francisco called “Celsius & Beyond.”

The initiative’s most recent theme was on the microbiome. uBiome was happy to support them by sequencing bacterial samples collected by students from their own bodies and, fascinatingly, also from the MUNI bus system in San Francisco.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the microbiome work these enthusiastic kids carried out last summer:


You’ll hear from Jessica Maxfield, a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, designer of Celsius & Beyond’s curricula in the life sciences for the past seven years, who says: “The students were amazed at how much bacteria had grown from different parts of their bodies. They were grossed out and excited.”

The video also features Auritte Cohen-Ross, founder of Celsius & Beyond.

The eighty students swabbed a range of surfaces in buses over the summer, then another group of budding microbiologists investigated their data at the end of the year.

We plan to bring you some highlights of their discoveries in the very near future. So stand by for more on the MUNI project here on the uBiome blog. But in the meantime, what can we say?

Put it this way. You might just want to wash your hands after a bus journey.