WFIRM Young Investigator Awards

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Young Investigator Award

The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is committed to the development and dissemination of novel therapies for the repair and replacement of diseased tissues and organs.  One way to achieve this goal is to foster the careers of young investigators to encourage them to find solutions to problems in regenerative medicine. As part of this effort, the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Young Investigator Award was first awarded at the TERMIS-NA Conference and Exposition in 2008. The award is designed to recognize outstanding achievements by members of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) who are in the early stages of a career in regenerative medicine.  

The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Young Investigator Award will be presented at the TERMIS-AM between Conference between December 2-5, 2019 to two (2) individuals in the early stages of their research careers (graduate student or post-doctoral fellow). Each awardee will be invited to present their conference abstract during the TERMIS-AM meeting, will be presented with a certificate of award, and will receive a monetary award of $2,500 (U.S.).

We are happy to announce the recipients of the 2019 Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Young Investigator Awards.

Jason Guo

Jason Guo is a fifth year PhD student in Bioengineering at Rice University and works on injectable, click functionalized hydrogels for bone and cartilage repair in the lab of Dr. Antonios Mikos. He is originally from Minneapolis, MN, and received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with honors (magna cum laude) from Northwestern University.


Jason has published his graduate research in high impact journals such as Science Advances, Biomaterials, and Materials Today. He has also co-authored three book chapters and received several university and national level awards for his academic research. Jason currently serves as President of the Society for Biomaterials’ National Student Section, and has also served as the President of his university’s Graduate Student Association. After receiving his PhD, Jason intends to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship, followed by a faculty position where he can lead research in the development of stimuli-responsive biomaterials for tissue engineering.

Zhong (Alan) Li

Alan is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His research interests are focused on microphysiological systems, nano-biomaterials, and stem cell-based tissue engineering. His passion lies in the mechanistic understanding of joint disorders, the development of tissue/organ chips for drug screening, and the application of stem cells and nanotechnology in musculoskeletal tissue engineering. Alan majored in Mechanical Engineering during his undergraduate study at South China University of Technology, obtained his Ph.D. degree in Biomaterials Science from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, was a Research Fellow for a NTU–Singapore Eye Research Institute joint research project on artificial corneal implants, and joined the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh in 2018.