Meet Orli Kadoch, Research and Collaborations Lead:
How did you find out about uBiome?
I was watching the Exponential Medicine Panel on live stream and saw Jessica’s talk about uBiome and the future of citizen science. I hadn’t heard much about uBiome previously, but I instantly identified with her message and the direction of the company. I did a bit more research and it sounded as though this company aligned perfectly with my career goals.
What do you love about working for uBiome?
uBiome gives you the opportunity for exponential growth, and I’m not just talking about bacteria! I’m someone who excels when given new experiences and the ability to learn, and I have been able to truly utilize all of my science and business skills as well as my entrepreneurial drive to forge partnerships, come up with new ideas, and rub elbows with the best and the brightest in the industry. The co-founders are incredible mentors who really emphasize a positive career trajectory. They see the bigger picture and will go the extra mile to help you get there!
What did you do before working at uBiome?
I’ve had a largely scientific and medical background, focusing on neurobiology at UC Davis and then conducting research in thoracic oncology at UCSF. I’ve also worked in medical clinics and hospitals, in oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a neurosurgeon until my junior year of college. I still have tremendous respect for the field, but I was better suited for an environment where I could engage with the world on a larger scale. Now I work with surgeons to create partnerships and studies, so I’m happy to still be involved in the field to some degree. My hope is that I can help advance the fields of medicine and science.
What tips do you have for someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
I think a few new-hires have probably heard me say this, but for someone in the startup environment, I’d advise them to “just say yes.” As I mentioned, we’re given such a wonderful opportunity at uBiome to grow and try new things. A lot of these things will be out of your comfort zone, but saying “yes” means that you have the chance to learn and grow in order to meet those challenges. Looking back, I remember many times where saying “yes” completely changed my role at uBiome for the better.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
For the most part, I like to keep my feet on the ground, so many would be surprised to know that I went skydiving a couple years ago! It was a fantastic experience and one that I am happy to be able to cross off my “bucket list.” Would I do it again? Probably not–I’m happy I got away unscathed the first time and don’t want to push my luck!
What do you like to do outside work?
Jump out of planes! Just kidding…
We live in a beautiful city, so on most weekends you can find me exploring new scenic trails on a long hike with friends or sipping a delicious mint mojito from Philz (admittedly, I’m a bit addicted)! I also love spending time with my family, seeing movies, and meeting new people. I don’t count this as work, but it is also important to me to keep up to date on relevant scientific articles and the latest in biotech news.