Karl Guo, G4, PRISM MSTP Module Leader
Originally born in Henan, China, I moved to New York at age 9. I attended Columbia University in NYC to study biomedical engineering and then moved to Chicago for the Northwestern MSTP program. I am currently a fourth-year graduate student in Gordon Shepherd's lab in the Department of Neuroscience. We study neuro-circuits, specifically motor-related circuits, using optogenetic and electrophysiological methods. Specifically, I am using these methods to dissect cell-type specific thalamocortical circuits that may be used for short-term memory. Outside of the lab, I love to cook, play soccer and read. My favorite food is Chinese dumplings, my favorite soccer team is Chelsea FC and I love to read/listen to fantasy/sci-fi novels. I participate in PRISM because I love teaching, and I think it’s important to pass on the knowledge I have accumulated. When I was younger, I attended similar programs before going off to college and beyond. In those programs, the mentors encouraged me to dream big and helped me achieve what I am today. Now, I would like to give back in the same way to the next generation of physician-scientists.