Dr Will Shu


+44 131 4518165



Heriot-Watt University


EH14 4AS



Dr Will 'Wenmiao' Shu is a Lecturer in Microengineering at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Originally from China, he received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cambridge University Engineering Department and Nanoscience Centre. Then he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Cambridge developing micro- and nano- sensor devices. In 2007, he joined as a lecturer in microengineering at the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences of Heriot-Watt University. He is also jointly appointed by the Edinburgh Research Partnership (ERP) Joint Research Institute of Integrated Systems (JRI -IIS), in collaboration with Edinburgh University. More recently, he has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed journal papers and conference proceedings, 1 book (monograph) and filed 4 patent/patent applications. He received Agilent Technologies Award in Singapore in 2001, a finalist winner of the 50 K Business Plan Competition at Cambridge University in 2004 and a Runner up of Nexxus Life Scientist of the Year in 2011. In September 2011 he was selected as one of the founding members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland. His research interests focus on MEMS-based Biosensors, Lab-on-a-chip Systems and Biofabrication. His research group-Biomedical Microengineering Group develops innovative micro and nanotechnologies for point of care diagnostics, quantitative biology, synthetic biology and personalised medicine.


Autonomous Microfluidic Timer

This project develops an autonomous microfluidic timing device for smart labels.

(in partnership with UWI Label, Epigem Ltd, sponsored by SMART Scotland)

E-finger: a tactile diagnostic device with microscale resolution

The £1 million e-Finger project, funded by EPSRC, will design and test a range of probes, which will be able to measure the hardness the prostate tissue, which has been linked to potential cancer development. It is expected that the use of the micro-mechanical probes will provide a minimally invasive measure of tissue quality to refine and build on information currently gained from ultrasound and other tests.

(with Prof. Bob Reuben, in partnership with University of Edinburgh, NHS Lothian University Hospital. Funded by EPSRC)

Automated Microfluidic Platform for Synthetic Biology

This project develops an automated microfluidic platform for synthetic biology application including automated genome segment assembly (GSA).

(Sponsored by Scottish Enterprise/ITI Life Sciences, in partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks, Boston, WideBlue Scotland.)

Microcantilever Biosensors for Rapid Disease Diagnostics

This project develops a label-free microcantilever biosensor arrays for probing disease biomarkers, DNA, apatamers, cell-drug interaction and cell-nanoparticle interactions.

(sponsored by RSE, SE, SFC)

3-D Live Cell Printing

This project develops innovative approaches to direct patterning of live cells for spheroid formation, tissue engineering, organ repair and reconstruction.

Sponsored by SUPA in partnership with Roslin Cellab)

Group Members

Dr Farid Amalou

Paul Scanlan

Yifan Liu

Wenxing Wang

Alan Faulkner

Ageel Alogla