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Meet Jason L. Green

Jason L. Green

Major: Biology

Minor: Chemistry and Anthropology

Hometown: White Plains, NY

After graduation, Jason will continue his undergraduate research work at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. In August he will move to the Integrative Regenerative Medicine Center of Linkoping University in Sweden where he will spend 10 months conducting research as a Fulbright scholar. He plans to begin medical school in August of 2014.

Q: Tell us about your research work.

A: My sophomore year I conducted research with Dr. Bruce King’s chemistry group. During my junior year I conducted research as a member of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. At the Institute, I served as a researcher in the skin bio-printing group. Under my research mentor, Dr. Albanna, I was integrated into all levels of the project. I was able to see the translation of my work from the lab into the operating room through cell printing onto animal models. By witnessing this full spectrum from research to clinical translation, I developed a passion for regenerative medicine.

Q: Did you have time to volunteer? What was your favorite service project?

A: I volunteered with Take the Fight, a nonprofit organization that trains college students to become ‘strategists’ for cancer patients to assist in their recovery.  Through the program, I helped my patient stay organized, informed and in control of her cancer, as well as provided her with consistent social support. As an aspiring doctor, the opportunity to immerse myself in the patient experience and acclimate to the medical environment while helping someone fight cancer did not feel like a service, but rather a privilege. Take the Fight not only increased my passion for medicine, but it also broadened my perspective. Medically, my patient’s health was measured in the elimination of residual cancer. Subjectively, she measured it in the return of her hair, the healing of her scar, the return of normalcy to her life. Many doctors are competent in biomedical treatment, but I hope to also be perceptive to my patient’s entire health experience.

Q: How have you changed since your first year on campus?

A: My style. When I first arrived on campus, I was mainly a jeans, t-shirt and white sneakers kind of guy. But over these last four years, I have stepped out of and extended my style comfort zone. These days I don’t hesitate to put on a half buttoned cardigan, colored chinos and a pair of oxfords. I’m not sure what freshmen year me would think, but I’m pretty happy with this change. For school it’s, ‘dress well, test well.’ For life it’s, ‘look good, feel good.’

Q:  Did you study abroad?

A: The summer following my junior year, I traveled to South Africa with funding through the Richter Scholars Program. The purpose of my trip was to complete an independent study project in which I researched the development of regenerative medicine in the country. This was accomplished through becoming a researcher at the University of Cape Town in a regenerative medicine-based lab and through speaking with individuals in research, medicine and industry who were involved in or familiar with the field. I discovered that South Africa possesses sufficient research, adequate infrastructure and qualified medical expertise for significant work in the field, but that as a developing country, it currently does not have the resources to prioritize towards regenerative medicine.

Q: Who would you most like to thank and why?

A:  The person I most want to thank is Coach Steve Russ. He had a profound impact not only on my growth as a player but as a man. He’s the type of coach I knew I could call in the middle of the night, and he would do everything in his power to be there. His care and commitment to each of his players created within me a deep respect for everything he taught us. A specific quote that I will carry with me throughout my life from him is, ‘The greatest gift a man can give himself is the gift of self-discipline.’

Q: Best advice you were given during your four years at WFU?

A: ‘Don’t believe anything good they say about you, and don’t believe anything bad they say about you.’ Coach Grobe told this to the team after one of our games. It applies to all situations, whether you are winning or losing, to maintain a healthy level-headedness. If you believe everything good that people say about you, you risk becoming over confident and content, losing sight of the ways in which you can improve. If you believe everything bad that people say about you, you may begin to lack the confidence and self-esteem necessary to succeed.

Q: Where is the one place on campus you will miss most and why?

A: The football locker room. This is where the team met, not just before and after practice, but at random times during the day. In the locker room many stories were told, jokes were made, fights were had, but throughout it all, this location was an essential part of where my football family was built.

Q:  What shared values unite the Wake Forest community?

A: Hard work pays off.

Q:  Your best advice for an incoming first-year student?

A: Use all of the resources provided. There are many faculty, staff and fellow students who want to help you, but they need to know that you need help. Whether it is academically through the writing center and tutoring services or planning for your future at career counseling, just try it.