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Interested in participating in a research study on the skin microbiome?

The research group of Tami Lieberman, PhD., from the Institute for Medical Engineering & Sciences and Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) is currently recruiting healthy subjects for the study of the skin microbiome.

Purpose Bacterial cells outnumber human cells in and on the human body by a factor of 10 to 1. Bacteria live in many locations on our body, including our skin. The skin microbiome is important for human health, yet much remains unknown about how its composition varies between individuals or even on the same person over time. Here, we will identify and characterize the microbial residents that live on human skin.

Study Procedures Participants’ skin microbiome will be sampled by the research team or via self-collection with the use of swabs. Sampling may occur once or at regular intervals.

Risks & Potential Discomfort Skin sampling may cause temporary irritation or redness at the sites of sampling.

If you are interested, please complete this screening survey to determine your eligibility: If you have any questions about the study, please contact us at

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