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WHS Junior Member Highlight: Jason Guo, PhD
Jason Guo, PhD
Jason Guo, PhD
Stanford University

1. When and how did you first get involved with the WHS?
I first got involved in WHS this year as a postdoctoral scholar. I attended the annual WHS meeting in Phoenix with my colleagues in the Longaker Laboratory. I gave a podium presentation on our studies of the role of cell senescence in dermal fibrosis.

2. Tell us about your research:
I study the spatial networks that drive chronic fibroses in several tissues, including the skin, lungs, and pancreas. My work uses a combination of animal models, biomaterials, and machine learning to identify interactions that drive fibrotic vs. regenerative outcomes.

3. What are your long-term goals?
After my postdoctoral training, I aim to start my own academic laboratory at the intersection of biomaterials, machine learning, and molecular biology. Broadly, Iím interested in developing biomaterial constructs that can recapitulate native biological networks for regenerative applications. Iím also interested in developing ďsmartĒ materials that can dynamically respond to biological cues at the site of implantation.

4. What is the greatest wound care innovation in our modern times?
As a (primarily) biomaterials scientist by training, I have to say tension offloading wound dressings. Itís a marvel that you can modulate complex physiological processes by exploiting mechanical and biophysical factors.

5. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? And why?
I would choose time travel, since Iíd like to see the future.

6. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an astronaut. I thought it would be cool to explore unknown worlds, but now I explore plenty of microscopic worlds in the form of biological systems.

7. What is the best advice you have ever received?
The best advice I have received professionally is to take a notebook to every meeting. You never know when you might discuss or think of something worth writing down.

8. Which personality traits do you value most in your colleagues?
I value openness to collaboration, accountability, and transparency. I believe these traits make for healthier and more productive teams, and team science is absolutely important.

9. What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I like to compete in powerlifting, produce electronic music, and hang out with my pets.

10. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
I think Steven Yeun would be a good fit, especially after seeing Minari.