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Prof Will Shu

Biomedical Engineering

Personal statement

Will Wenmiao Shu is the Hay Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow). He obtained his PhD at the University of Cambridge. Following his postdoctoral work at Cambridge University, he worked at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh's School of Engineering and Physical Sciences as a lecturer (2007-2012) and a Reader (2012-2016). His research interests cover a range of biomedical engineering topics including 3D biofabrication, biosensors, microsystems and their applications for regenerative medicine. He led the research to demonstrate the first bioprinting of human embryonic stem cells (h-ESCs) and human induced pluripotent stem cells (h-iPSCs), paving the way for their applications on animal-free drug testing and 3D printed organs.  He was one of the founding members (and now an emeritus member) of Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy and held a visiting position at Stanford University. He is an editorial board member for IOP Biofabrication Journal and serves as a board director of the International Society for Biofabrication (ISBF).


Quantitative mechanical assessment of the whole prostate gland ex vivo using dynamic instrumented palpation
Hammer Steven J, Good Daniel W, Scanlan Paul, Palacio-Torralba Javier, Phipps Simon, Stewart Grant D, Shu Will, Chen Yuhang, McNeill S Alan, Reuben Robert L
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine Vol 231, pp. 1081-1100, (2017)
3D bioactive composite scaffolds for bone tissue engineering
Turnbull Gareth, Clarke Jon, Picard Frederic, Riches Philip, Jia Luanluan, Han Fengxuan, Li Bin, Shu Wenmiao
Bioactive Materials, (2017)
Biofabrication : a guide to technology and terminology
Moroni Lorenzo, Boland Thomas, Burdick Jason A., De Maria Carmelo, Derby Brian, Forgacs Gabor, Groll Jürgen, Li Qing, Malda Jos, Mironov Vladimir A., Mota Carlos, Nakamura Makoto, Shu Wenmiao, Takeuchi Shoji, Woodfield Tim B.F., Xu Tao, Yoo James J., Vozzi Giovanni
Trends in Biotechnology, pp. 1-19, (2017)
Additive manufacturing : unlocking the evolution of energy materials
Zhakeyev Adilet , Wang Panfeng, Zhang Li, Shu Wenmiao, Wang Huizhi, Xuan Jin
Advanced Science, (2017)
Rising to the challenge : applying biofabrication approaches for better drug and chemical product development
Holmes Anthony M, Charlton Alex, Derby Brian, Ewart Lorna, Scott Andrew, Shu Wenmiao
Biofabrication Vol 9, (2017)
Reconstruction of the mouse extrahepatic biliary tree using primary human extrahepatic cholangiocyte organoids
Sampaziotis Fotios, Justin Alexander W, Tysoe Olivia C, Sawiak Stephen, Godfrey Edmund M, Upponi Sara S, Gieseck Richard L, de Brito Miguel Cardoso, Berntsen Natalie Lie, Gómez-Vázquez María J, Ortmann Daniel, Yiangou Loukia, Ross Alexander, Bargehr Johannes, Bertero Alessandro, Zonneveld Mariëlle C F, Pedersen Marianne T, Pawlowski Matthias, Valestrand Laura, Madrigal Pedro, Georgakopoulos Nikitas, Pirmadjid Negar, Skeldon Gregor M, Casey John, Shu Wenmiao, Materek Paulina M, Snijders Kirsten E, Brown Stephanie E, Rimland Casey A, Simonic Ingrid, Davies Susan E, Jensen Kim B, Zilbauer Matthias, Gelson William T H, Alexander Graeme J, Sinha Sanjay, Hannan Nicholas R F, Wynn Thomas A, Karlsen Tom H, Melum Espen, Markaki Athina E, Saeb-Parsy Kourosh, Vallier Ludovic
Nature Medicine, (2017)

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Professional activities

Springer Nature (Publisher)
Peer reviewer
2016 International Conference on Biofabrication
2016 International Conference on Biofabrication
Keynote/plenary speaker
13th Annual Norwegian Stem Cell Network Conference, Oslo September 15th, 2016
Keynote/plenary speaker
16th Annual Meeting of Tissue and Cell Engineering Society, UCL, London.
Keynote/plenary speaker
The British Transplantation Society Congress
Keynote/plenary speaker

more professional activities


Microplate - shrinking culture plates onto a microchip for a rapid antibiotic susceptibility test
Corrigan, Damion (Principal Investigator) Hoskisson, Paul (Co-investigator) Shu, Will (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2017 - 31-Aug-2018
3D bioprinting of DNA hydrogels
Shu, Will (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2017 - 31-Mar-2018
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies | Logan, Jack
Shu, Will (Principal Investigator) Gourlay, Terry (Co-investigator) Logan, Jack (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Oct-2020
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies | McWilliam, Ross
Shu, Will (Principal Investigator) Black, Richard (Co-investigator) McWilliam, Ross (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Oct-2020
Biofabrication of Human Liver Lobule Tissues by High Precision Cell Printing
Shu, Will (Principal Investigator) Gourlay, Terry (Co-investigator)
Period 31-Mar-2017 - 30-Mar-2019

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Biomedical Engineering
Graham Hills Building

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