Amy Shen

Amy Shen
Ph.D. Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000
USA, Canada

Professional Experience

  • Professor, Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit, Okinawa Institute of Technology Graduate University, July 2014–present
  • Adjunct Professor, Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit, Okinawa Institute of Technology Graduate University, February 2014–June 2014
  • Associate Professor with tenure, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, September 2008–June 2014
  • Affiliate Associate Professor, Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center (DERC), University of Washington, 2011–2014
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Washington University in St. Louis, 2002–2008
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, Harvard University, 2000– 2002


  • Fulbright Scholar Award, 2013-2014
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2007-2012
  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 2003-2004
  • Best paper award, Particle Technology Forum, AICHE meeting, 2008
  • Elected member of Honor Society of Pi Tau Sigma, 2004
  • Video awards, Gallery of fluid motion, American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics, 2001 & 2003
  • Poster award, Gallery of fluid motion, American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics, 2001
  • Elected member of Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 1999
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999
  • Summer Fellow in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1998

Selected Publications (see full list under the link of Publications)

  • Franceso Del Giudice, Simon J. Haward,  Amy Q. Shen, Relaxation time of dilute polymer solutions: a microfluidic approach,  Journal of Rheology, 2017,  61, 327.
  • D. Lee, C. Fang, A. Ravan, G. G. Fuller,  A.Q. Shen, Temperature controlled tensiometry using droplet microfluidics, Lab on a Chip, 2017. (DOI: 10.1039/C6LC01384H)
  • N. Bhalla, D. Lee, S. Sathish, A.Q. Shen, Dual-mode refractive index and charge sensing to investigate complex surface chemistry on nanostructures, Nanoscale, 2017. (DOI: 10.1039/C6NR07664E)
  • Y. Zhao, A.Q. Shen, S. J. Haward, Flow of wormlike micellar solutions around confined microfluidic cylinders, Soft Matter, 2016. (DOI: 10.1039/C6SM01597B)
  • J.J. Cardiel, D. Takagi, H. Tsai, A.Q. Shen, Formation and flow behavior of micellar membranes in a T-shaped microchannel, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 8226. (doi:10.1039/C6SM01093H)
  • S.J. Haward, G. H. McKinley, A. Q. Shen, Elastic instabilities in planar elongational  flow of monodisperse polymer solutions, Scientific Reports, 2016, 6, 33029. (doi:10.1038/srep33029)
  • Daniel J. Walls, Simon J. Haward, Amy Q. Shen, and Gerald G. Fuller, 2016. Spreading of miscible liquids, Physical Review Fluids, 2016, 1, 013904.(doi:
  • H. Tsai, J. Cheng, H. Chang, T. Yamamoto, A.Q. Shen, Uniform electric field stimulation in multi-well plates using 3D CAD polymeric inserts, Scientific Reports, 2016, 6, 26222. (doi:10.1038/srep26222)
  • Haward, S.J., Poole R.J., Alves, M.A., Oliveira, P.J., Goldenfeld, N., Shen, A.Q., 2016. Tricritical spiral vortex instability in cross-slot flow, Physical Review E, 93, 031101. (doi:
  • Cardiel, J.J., Furusho, H., Skoglund, U., Shen, A.Q., 2015. Formation of crystal-like structures and branched networks from nonionic spherical micelles, Scientific Reports, 5,  17491.http://doi: 10.1038/srep17941
  • Chen, W., Shu, Z., Gao, D.,  Shen, A.Q., 2015. Sensing and sensibility: single-islet-based quality control assay of cryopreserved pancreatic islets with functionalized hydrogel microcapsules, Advanced Healthcare Materials, (DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201500515)
  • Fang, C., Lee, D., Stober, B., Fuller, G.G., Shen, A.Q., 2015. Integrated microfluidic platform for instantaneous flow and localized temperature control, RSC Advances 5, 85620--85629.
  • Zhao, Y., Haward S.J., Shen, A.Q., 2015. Rheological characterizations of wormlike mi- cellar solutions containing cationic surfactant and anionic hydrotropic salt, Journal of Rheology 59, 1229–1259. 
  • Wang, Q., Qian, K., Liu, S., Yang, Y., Liang, B., Zheng, C., Yang, X., Xu, H., Shen, A.Q., 2015. X-ray Visible and Uniform Alginate Microspheres Loaded with in Situ Synthesized BaSO4 Nanoparticles for in Vivo Transcatheter Arterial Embolization. Biomacromolecules 16 (4), 1240-6. 
  • Beesabathunia, N., Lindbergb, S. E., Caggionib, M., Wesnerb, C., Shen, A.Q., 2015. Getting in shape: Molten wax drop deformation and solidification at an immiscible liquid interface, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science  445, 231--242.
  • Zhao, Y., Bai, T., Shao, Q., Jiang, S., Shen, A.Q., 2015. Thermoresponsive self-assembled NiPAm-zwitterion copolymers. Polymer Chemistry 6, 1066-1077.
  • Cardiel, J.J., Zhao, Kim, J.H., Chung, J., Shen, A.Q, 2014. Electro-conductive porous scaffold with single-walled carbon nanotubes in wormlike micellar networks. Carbon 80, 203-212. 
  • Cardiel, J.J., Zhao, Y., Tonggu, L., Wang, L., Chung, J., Shen, A.Q., 2014. Flow-induced immobilization of glucose oxidase in nonionic micellar nanogels for glucose sensing. Lab on a Chip 14, 3912-3916. 
  • Zhao, Y., Cheung, P., Shen, A.Q., 2014. Microfluidic flows of wormlike micellar solutions. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science 211, 34-46.
  • J. H. Kim, A.Q. Shen, K.H. Lee, G.A. Cangelosi, J.H. Chung, Contact angle induced immunocomplex formation, Analyst139, 1340, 2014.
  • J. J. Cardiel, L. Tonggu, A. C. Dohnalkova, P. de la Iglesia, D. Pozzo, L. Wang, A. Q. Shen, Worming their Way into Shape: toroidal formations in micellar solutions, ACS Nano, 7, 9704, 2013. 
  • P. Rangamani, D. Zhang, G. Oster, A. Q. Shen, Lipid tubule growth by osmotic pressure, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 10, 0130637, 2013. 
  • W. Chen, J.H. Kim, D. Zhang, K.H. Lee, G. A. Cangelosi, S. D. Soelberg, C. E. Furlong, J. H. Chung, A. Q. Shen, Microfluidic one-step synthesis of alginate microspheres immobilized with antibodies, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 10, 20130566, 2013. ·
  • Q. Wang, D. Zhang, X. Yang, H. Xu, A. Q. Shen, Y. Yang, Atom-economical in situ synthesis of BaSO4 as imaging contrast agents within poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) microgels using one-step droplet microfluidics, Green Chemistry, 115, 222, 2013. ·
  • J. J. Cardiel, A. C. Dohnalkova, N. Dubash, Y. Zhao, P. Cheung, A. Q. Shen, Microstructure and rheology of a flow-induced structured phase in wormlike micellar solutions, PNAS Plus, 110, E1653, 2013. 
  • N. Dubash, P. Cheung, A. Q. Shen, Elastic instabilities in a microfluidic cross-slot flow of wormlike micellar solutions, Soft Matter, 8, 5847, 2012.
  • W. Chen, M. Lisowski, G. Khalil, I. R. Sweet, A. Q. Shen, Microencapsulated 3-dimensional sensor for the measurement of oxygen in single isolated pancreatic islets, PLoS ONE, 7(3): e33070, 2012.
  • N. Dubash, J. J. Cardiel, Perry Cheung and A. Q. Shen, A stable flow-induced structured phase in wormlike micellar solutions, Soft Matter, 7, 876, 2011.
  • Amy Q. Shen & Perry Cheung, The Freedom of Confinement in Complex Fluids, Feature article, Physics today, pg30–35, September, 2010.
  • D. Lu, N. Shomali & Amy Q. Shen, Task specific ionic liquid for direct electrochemistry of metal oxides, Electrochemistry Communications, 12, 1214, 2010.
  • D. Lu, J. J. Cardiel, G. Cao & Amy Q. Shen, Nanoporous Scaffold with Immobilized Enzymes during Flow-Induced Gelation for Sensitive H2O2 Biosensing, Advanced Materials, 22, 2809, 2010.
  • W. Chen, Y. Yang, C. H. Lee, A. Q. Shen, Confinement effects on the self-assembly of organogels from 1,3:2,4-di-p-methylbenzylidene sorbitol in propylene carbonates, Langmuir, 24, 10432, 2008.
  • C. Tan, A. Q. Shen, E. Elson, L. Ma, Engineering lipid tubules using nano-sized building Blocks: the combinatorial self-assembly of vesicles, Lab on a Chip, 8, 339, 2008.
  • W. Peters, M. Knoblauch, S. Warmann, R. Schnetter, A. Q. Shen. W. F. Pickard, Tailed Forisomes of Canavalia gladiata: a New Model to Study Ca2+ -Driven Protein Contractility, Annals of Botany, 100, 101, 2007.
  • B. Steinhaus, M. Garcia, A. Q. Shen, L. T. Angenent, A portable anaerobic microbioreactor reveals optimum growth conditions for the methanogen Methanosaeta concilii, Applied Environmental Microbiology, 73, 1653, 2007.
  • C. H. Lee, Y. Lu, A. Q. Shen, Evaporation induced rheology change during sol-gel coating, Physics of Fluids, 18, 052105, 2006.
  • A. Q. Shen, Granular wave patterns and aeolian ripple formations, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A, 458, 891, 2003.
  • A. Q. Shen, S. T. Thoroddsen, Granular jetting, Physics of Fluids, 14, S3, 2002.