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Institute Membership List

Will Wenmiao Shu



+44 (0)131 451 8165
Room 2.10
James Nasmyth Building
Heriot-Watt University
Roles and responsibilities


  • B51EM1 Advanced Mechanics of Materials: Biomechanics
  • B58EC1/D2 Mechical Engineering Sciences 3 & 4: Strength of Material Labs
  • B51RA2 Advanced Reading
  • B55HB3 Engineering Analysis Assignments: Year 4 Projects 

Dr Shu's current research activities explore the new possibilities enabled by MEMS and Nanotechnology and the interfaces with life sciences. His research interests focus on MEMS-based Biosensors, Lab-on-a-chip Systems and 3D Biofabrication. His research group-Biomedical Microengineering Group develops innovative micro and nanotechnologies for point of care diagnostics, quantitative biology, synthetic biology and personalised medicine.

Biomedical Microengineering Group

Biomedical Microengineering Group (BMG)

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Selected publications

Journal Papers:

  • Shu, W., Laurenson, S., Knowles, T.P.J., Ferrigno, P.K., Seshia, A.A., "Highly Specific Label-free Protein Detection from Lysed Cells using Internally Referenced Microcantilever Sensors" Biosensors & Bioelectronics. 24(2), 233-237 (2008).
  • Knowles, T., Shu, W. , Hubert, F., Lang, H.-P., Dobson, C. M., Welland, M. E., “Label-free Detection of Amyloid Growth using Microcantilever Sensors” Nanotechnology, 19, 384007 (2008).
  • Zhou, F., Biesheuvel, P., Choi, E.Y., Shu, W., Poetes, R., Steiner, U. and Huck W.T., "Polyelectrolyte Brush Amplified Electroactuation of Microcantilevers." Nano Letters. 8(2), 725-730 (2008)
  • Knowles, T.P.J., Shu, W., Devlin, G.L., Meehan, S., Auer, S., Dobson, C.M. and Welland M.E., "Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Amyloid Formation from Direct Measurements of Fluctuations in Fibril Mass " Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(24), 10016 - 10021 (2007)
  • Shu, W., Laue, E.D. and Seshia, A. A. "Investigation of Biotin-Streptavidin Binding Interactions using Microcantilever Sensors", Biosensors & Bioelectronics. 22(9), 2003-2009 (2006) 
  • Zhou F., Shu, W., Welland, M.E., Huck, W.T. "Highly Reversible and Multi-Stage Cantilever Actuation Driven by Polyelectrolyte Brushes" Journal of the American Chemical Society, 128(16), 5326-5327. (2006)
  • Shu,W., Everett, W.N., Zhang, Q.X., Liu, M.H., Trigg, A., Spearing, S.M., Wang, S., Sue, H.-J., Moran, P.M. "Microheated Substrates for Patterning Cells and Controlling Development", IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 14(5), 924-934, (2005)
  • Shu,W., Liu,D., Watari, M., Riener, C.K. , Strunz, T., Welland, M. E. , Balasubramanian, S., McKendry, R.A. "DNA Molecular Motor Driven Micromechanical Cantilever Arrays" Journal of the American Chemical Society, 127(48), 17054-17060. (2005)


  • Shu, W., "Microcantilever-based sensors and actuators", VDM Verlag, Germany, (2008) Available from Amazon 

Dr. ‘Will’ Wenmiao Shu is a Reader in Microengineering at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. After his PhD and postdoctoral work at Cambridge University, he joined as a lecturer in 2007 then promoted to Reader in 2012 at School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University. He is the group leader of the Biomedical Microengineering Group at Heriot-Watt University, now part of the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering. His research interests cover a range of biomedical microengineering topics including biosensors, lab-on-a-chip, 3D biofabrication, synthetic biology, regenerative medicine and micro/nanodevices. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK, fellow of Cambridge Overseas Society, founding member of RSE Young Academy, member of IEEE, EMBS and SPIE.  


  • 2006 Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Cambridge University
  • 2002 M.S., Advanced Materials, Singapore-MIT Alliance
  • 1998 B.Eng. Polymer Materials, Dalian University of Technology

Professional Experience

  • Lecturer in Microengineering, Heriot-Watt University
  • Jesus College Research Associate, Cambridge University
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cambridge University
  • Senior Research Officer, Institute of Materials Research & Engineering
  • Research Assistant, Institute of Microelectronics
  • Research Assistant, National University of Singapore