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Baltimore, MD 21201

The Laboratory of Dr. Jacques Ravel at the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Ravel research is on the role of the vaginal microbiome in women's health. 

Your Private Biome

A citizen scientist project to better understand the intricate connections between a woman, her environment and her vaginal microbiome.

Your Private Biome is an open­­-source citizen scientist project that is designed to help researchers get a better understanding of how all the bacteria in women’s vagina–the vaginal microbiome–affects their health. We hope this study will lead to better diagnostic tests and personalized care for women’s and men’s health.

You can help us to achieve this goal. You can participate by making a modest donation to the study. With each donation to this project, you can select a perk and become a citizen scientist. Each perk will include a kit to sample yourself and private surveys to tell us more about your health. This will help us to understand what makes women different and better define women's health and diseases.  In return, you will receive a report of what your microbiome looks like and how it compares to other participants in the study.  

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