Building Our Collective Knowledge 
about the Human Microbiome

We’re involved in a diverse array of research projects with everyone from citizen scientists to nonprofits, and working on our own, from studying whether probiotics are actually effective to finding ways to make fecal microbiota transplants (FMT) safer and more widely available.

To learn more about these projects or to suggest an idea for a new study, please contact us.

Open Studies

Probiotics Study

Citizen scientists like you can test if their probiotics are effective.

  • Test your gut bacteria before and after probiotics
  • See if probiotics actually have an impact
  • Figure out how different probiotics supplements and foods affect your microbiome.

Participants receive 20 percent off the purchase of two uBiome Explorer Kits (one to test before probiotics, one after). Use the discount code PROSTUDY2015 at when you check out.

Closed Studies

These studies are now closed. Please check back for updates.

Dental Genome Study

uBiome partnered with leading dental expert Jeremy Horst, DDS, PhD, for this study. Dr. Horst has a clinical practice in the Bay Area and is involved in intensive research at UCSF, focusing on dental caries and genome-wide computational drug discovery techniques.

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Eye Crusties Study

In our “Eye Crusties Study,” we looked into what’s really in that goo you rub from the corners of your eyes when you wake up.

Fecal Microbiota Transplant Study

uBiome partnered with OpenBiome, a nonprofit, working with clinicians to make fecal microbiota transplants (FMT) easier, cheaper, safer, and widely available.

  • Initial research participants received one to two free uBiome Gut Explorer kits to discover how gut bacteria changes over time during FMT
  • Participants found an OpenBiome practitioner if they didn’t already have one.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Study

uBiome partnered with PicnicHealth, a service that gathers and manages all your medical records in one secure place, to advance inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research.

  • Research participants received a free uBiome Gut Explorer Kit to help understand the role of the gut microbiome in this disease.
  • PicnicHealth gathered medical records from GI doctors and created a single, aggregated medical record that participants can securely access.

Pregnancy Microbiome Study

uBiome teamed up with HelloFlo, an online business offering services and products for women and girls, to study how the trillions of bacteria in our bodies shift during and after pregnancy.

  • Initial participants received a free single site uBiome Explorer Kit.

Sleep Study

uBiome partnered  with Central Queensland University’s Appleton Institute in South Australia and University of Chicago to find out how disrupted sleep affects the composition of human gut microbiota. This study looked at whether this may in turn play a part in mental health and weight management issues.

Smoking Study

We’re engaged in a groundbreaking study investigating the effects of tobacco smoking on the mouth’s microbial make-up.

Women’s Health Study

uBiome is involved in a groundbreaking study investigating how the vaginal microbiome changes over the course of the menstrual cycle, and during different phases of life.

Women who were not pregnant joined this study to help discover how the vaginal microbiome is affected by monthly cycles.

  • Initial participants received a free vaginal uBiome Explorer Kit and a detailed analysis of their vaginal microbiome.
Other Requested Studies

These and other projects are in our idea box. If you have an idea for another study, let us know.

  • Antibiotics: Before, during, and after
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Before and after colonoscopy
  • Before and after hand washing – how effective is it really?
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Depression
  • Eat Right For Your Blood Type diet
  • Meditation
  • Patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile (C. difficile, or C. diff) infection
  • Rosacea, both skin and gut microbiomes
  • SSRI medication
  • The bacteria on money
  • The effect of household cleaning products
  • The five-second rule: True or false?
  • The Hashimoto’s thyroiditis microbiome
  • Transition to gluten-free