Steve Shih

Steve Shih

Assistant Professor
Concordia University

Steve is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Concordia University and is affiliated with the Center for Applied Synthtetic Biology (CASB). His research is interfacing biology, chemistry, and engineering to solve problems in areas of health and energy. His central focus is to develop microfluidic technology that will automate the synthetic biology process of "design-build-test-learn". His group will use these novel devices to decipher mechanisms that are important for developing new energy renewables and medicines for disease treatment. Steve has pioneered numerous microfluidic technologies and published in leading scientific journals such as Lab on Chip, Energy and Environmental Science, and ACS Synthetic Biology. His work have been highlighted broadly by news sources such as Chemistry and Engineering News , IEEE Life Sciences Newsletter, Scientific American, and Chemistry World.

Steve earned his BASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, his MSc in Chemistry from the University of Ottawa with Natalie Goto, and his Ph.D from the University of Toronto with Aaron Wheeler. He conducted his postdoctoral studies at the Joint BioEnergy Institute with Nathan Hillson and Jay Keasling. For his work, he has been awarded multiple awards, such as the NSERC Fellowship, Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and has been awarded multiple patents.


Our research uses microfluidics (i.e. 'lab-on-chip') technology for applications in health and in energy. Two main microfluidic technologies that we use to solve these challenging problems are: droplet-in-channel and digital microfluidics (for more information, please see the Research section). By harnessing the advantages of microfluidics, we hope this method can transform the field of automation and synthetic biology enabling us to expedite the engineering of biological organisms and circuits.

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