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I have diverse training in translational science, microbiology, and molecular biology. During my PhD training at the USC School of Pharmacy, I worked with infectious disease clinicians to investigate antimicrobial resistance in the pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. During my postdoc at the UCLA School of Dentistry, I worked on various projects investigating the oral microbiome and the effects of therapeutics on the microbiome, both in vitro and in clinical studies.
At uBiome, I direct our Academic Grant Program, through which we support microbiome research by providing our kits, sequencing, and expertise. I assist researchers in designing and implementing their microbiome projects.
Elisabeth Bik is the Scientific and Editorial Director at uBiome, where she writes scientific papers and approves content for scientific value. Elisabeth has a PhD in microbiology, and has worked both in academic as well as in clinical labs. She has worked on infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and cholera, set up a molecular microbiology lab in a hospital, and has mentored dozens of undergraduate and graduate students. Before she joined uBiome, she worked more than 15 years at the Stanford University School of Medicine on the characterization of the microbiome of humans and marine mammals. She has authored 38 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Elisabeth has been invited to speak at international conferences in Japan, Mexico, Chile, and The Netherlands, but also enjoys giving science outreach talks in bars in and around San Francisco. In 2014, she founded MicrobiomeDigest.com, an almost daily compilation of scientific papers in the microbiome field. She also has a Twitter account of 18K followers where she tweets about microbiology and science misconduct. Her work has been featured by The Scientist, New Scientist, The New York Times, Le Monde, STAT News, The Verge, Nature, and Science.
Sara Bird is the Director of Research and Development at uBiome, where she works cross-functionally to help build uBiome’s consumer and clinical products with the latest technologies in the microbial genomics space. Sara trained as a molecular virologist, earning a PhD in microbiology and immunology at Stanford University studying the molecular mechanisms of picornavirus pathogenesis. She followed this with a postdoctoral fellowship at Sandia National Laboratories working on CRISPR-based strategies to target RNA viruses. Sara is passionate about health and wellness and takes a personal interest in studying her own microbiome and how it is affected by diet and other factors. In her spare time, you can find Sara riding her bike all over the Bay Area.
Sarah Gupta MD is a physician with a special interest in the human microbiome and its role in physical and mental health. Dr. Gupta serves as the Director of Medical Affairs at uBiome where she collaborates with diverse leaders in the microbiome field, and works internally across multiple teams to maximize the clinical value of current and upcoming products. Education includes UC Berkeley (degree awarded cum laude), Université Lumière Lyon 2, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Gupta completed residency training in Psychiatry at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, and is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). She has been a featured speaker and panelist both domestically and internationally, including at the Institute for the Future, Food Funded, J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, World Congress of Psychiatry, Cycles + Sex, Parsley Health, and Xconomy What’s Hot in Biotech, and has served as a medical expert for a variety of media outlets, including Well + Good, TechCrunch, UK News Channel Five, The Washington Post, and The Chicago Tribune. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children, and enjoys painting, cooking, and improvisational theater.
Accomplished global life sciences professional with more than 13 years of experience in research and development within the vaccine industry and biotechnology industries. Master in Public Health in Applied Epidemiology passionate about bridging the gap between scientific knowledge and societal health impact. Currently helping to increase the understanding about how the microbiome affects human health and disease at uBiome as Epidemiologist.
Dr. Mike Hoaglin is a practicing physician and digital health expert, passionate about medicine driven by citizen science and the microbiome. Dr. Hoaglin works on the Medical Affairs team at uBiome. He serves as a consultant to the lab and product teams and empowers providers to integrate clinical microbiome testing into their practices. He also forges clinical research partnerships with clinicians and institutions studying the microbiome to help advance the science and make it useful. Dr. Hoaglin was previously Director of Medical Content at Doximity, the social network for over 1 million doctors. As a biomedical and electrical engineer by training, health informatics informed his medical training from the beginning. Previously he was Clinical Scholar-in-Residence at Practice Fusion, a cloud-based electronic medical record platform (EMR) and was a management consultant for Accenture, specializing in academic center EMR design. As a Policy Analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, he contributed to legislation for the HITECH Act for which he received the Secretary’s Commendation and as Clinical Director of The Dr. Oz Show, he produced accessible daily television health content and designed mass health screenings for viewers during an Emmy-winning season. Dr. Hoaglin received his MD degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and dual BS degrees in biomedical and electrical engineering from Northwestern University.
Christina Palmer is a medical liaison at uBiome and practicing family medicine doctor at the University of Colorado.
Elena started her career as a clinical inpatient dietitian in New York City, where she went on to specialize in critical care, surgical, and neonatal nutrition. Later, she branched out into private practice and sports nutrition. Elena collaborated with the Lehman College and the Montefiore Medical Center sports medicine team to create the first sports dietitian position for the Lehman College Athletic Department. Her nutrition philosophy can be best summarized by Michael Pollan’s advice in In Defense of Food: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” She believes that food and health should be both simple and satisfying. Elena is currently on the Medical Affairs team where she manages uBiome’s Microbiome Counselor Program, educating a network of clinicians on the microbiome. Elena holds a B.S. degree in Nutrition Science from Boston University, and a M.S. degree in Clinical Nutrition from Rush University. She is a member of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association and is currently completing a certificate of training in Integrative and Functional Nutrition through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.