Dr. Scot Kuo is an associate professor of biomedical engineering and cell biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research focuses on mechanical functions of cells actin-based protrusion and cell motility, nanoscale biophysics, laser-based imaging and bioinstrumentation. Dr. Kuo also serves as the director of the School of Medicine Microscope Facility and the director of imaging at the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Kuo invents, develops and applies custom laser-based optical instrumentation with high-resolution microscopy imaging. His current efforts cover developing “super-resolution” technologies that give near-molecule-level images of fluorescently labeled proteins within cells and developing multiphoton fluorescence for deeper penetration and more sensitive imaging within living tissues. Dr. Kuo’s cell mechanics research group has created laser-based microscopy techniques to monitor the way cells change shape and exert force.
Dr. Kuo received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Harvard University and earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from University of California, Berkeley. He completed a predoctoral fellowship at University of California, Berkeley, and postdoctoral fellowships at Washington University in St. Louis and Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Kuo joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1993.
He is a member of the American Society for Cell Biology, Biophysical Society and Biomedical Engineering Society and serves as a reviewer of many journals including Journal of Cell Biology and Journal of Biological Chemistry.