Amy Q. Shen, PhD

Full Affiliate Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


Amy Shen received her Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in October 2000. Following a postdoctoral fellowship in Harvard’s Division of Engineering and Applied Science, she joined Washington University in St. Louis before moving to the University of Washington in Seattle. In July 2014, Amy Shen moved to Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan to head the Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit. 

Description of Research

Dr. Shen's research is focused on the complex fluids, rheology, biomaterials and self assembly that can find applications in the nanotechnology, biotechnology, and energy related materials. Amy is an honor member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Tau Sigma. Amy received Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award in 2003 and the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award in 2007. Amy is also a Fulbright Scholar in 2013.


Twisted fiber microfluidics: a cutting-edge approach to 3D spiral devices
Kato, S, Carlson, DW, Shen, AQ & Guo, Y 2024, , Microsystems and Nanoengineering, vol. 10, no. 1, 14. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41378-023-00642-9

Passive microfluidic devices for cell separation
Zhang, T, Di Carlo, D, Lim, CT, Zhou, T, Tian, G, Tang, T, Shen, AQ, Li, W, Li, M, Yang, Y, Goda, K, Yan, R, Lei, C, Hosokawa, Y & Yalikun, Y 2024, , Biotechnology Advances, vol. 71, 108317. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biotechadv.2024.108317

Exploring multi-stability in three-dimensional viscoelastic flow around a free stagnation point
Carlson, DW, Shen, AQ & Haward, SJ 2024, , Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, vol. 323, 105169. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnnfm.2023.105169

Extensibility governs the flow-induced alignment of polymers and rod-like colloids
Calabrese, V, Porto Santos, T, Lopez, CG, Lettinga, MP, Haward, SJ & Shen, AQ 2024, , Physical Review Research, vol. 6, no. 1, L012042. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevResearch.6.L012042

Surface-imprinted polymers based on 3D printing resin for selective bacteria detection
Iakimova, TM, Heidt, B & Shen, AQ 2024, , Cell Reports Physical Science. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xcrp.2024.101853

Chemotactic Interactions Drive Migration of Membraneless Active Droplets
Dindo, M, Bevilacqua, A, Soligo, G, Calabrese, V, Monti, A, Shen, AQ, Rosti, ME & Laurino, P 2024, , Journal of the American Chemical Society. https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.4c02823

Dilute polyelectrolyte solutions: recent progress and open questions
G. Lopez, C, Matsumoto, A & Shen, AQ 2023, , Soft Matter, vol. 20, no. 12, pp. 2635-2687. https://doi.org/10.1039/d3sm00468f

Rheological effects on purely-elastic flow asymmetries in the cross-slot geometry
Yokokoji, A, Varchanis, S, Shen, AQ & Haward, SJ 2023, , Soft Matter, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 152-166. https://doi.org/10.1039/d3sm01209c

Extensional rheometry of mobile fluids. Part I: OUBER, an optimized uniaxial and biaxial extensional rheometer
Haward, SJ, Pimenta, F, Varchanis, S, Carlson, DW, Toda-Peters, K, Alves, MA & Shen, AQ 2023, , Journal of Rheology, vol. 67, no. 5, pp. 995-1009. https://doi.org/10.1122/8.0000659

Extensional rheometry of mobile fluids. Part II: Comparison between the uniaxial, planar, and biaxial extensional rheology of dilute polymer solutions using numerically optimized stagnation point microfluidic devices
Haward, SJ, Varchanis, S, McKinley, GH, Alves, MA & Shen, AQ 2023, , Journal of Rheology, vol. 67, no. 5, pp. 1011-1030. https://doi.org/10.1122/8.0000660

Perspective on edge fracture
Chan, ST, Varchanis, S, Haward, SJ & Shen, AQ 2023, , Journal of Rheology, vol. 67, no. 4, pp. 949-963. https://doi.org/10.1122/8.0000625

Bacteriophage Pf1 complex viscosity
Kanso, MA, Calabrese, V, Shen, AQ, Pak, MC & Giacomin, AJ 2023, , Physics of Fluids, vol. 35, no. 7, 073107. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0156712

Flow-induced alignment of protein nanofibril dispersions
Santos, TP, Calabrese, V, Boehm, MW, Baier, SK & Shen, AQ 2023, , Journal of Colloid And Interface Science, vol. 638, pp. 487-497. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2023.01.105

Naturally derived colloidal rods in microfluidic flows
Calabrese, V, Shen, AQ & Haward, SJ 2023, , Biomicrofluidics, vol. 17, no. 2, 021301, pp. 021301. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0142867

Edge fracture of thixotropic elastoviscoplastic liquid bridges
Chan, ST, Varchanis, S, Shen, AQ & Haward, SJ 2023, , PNAS Nexus, vol. 2, no. 3, pgad042. https://doi.org/10.1093/pnasnexus/pgad042

Canopy elastic turbulence: Spontaneous formation of waves in beds of slender microposts
De Blois, C, Haward, SJ & Shen, AQ 2023, , Physical Review Fluids, vol. 8, no. 2, 023301. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevFluids.8.023301

Duplex Electrochemical Microfluidic Sensor for COVID-19 Antibody Detection: Natural versus Vaccine-Induced Humoral Response
Mazzaracchio, V, Rios Maciel, M, Porto Santos, T, Toda-Peters, K & Shen, AQ 2023, , Small, vol. 19, no. 51, 2207731, pp. e2207731. https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.202207731

Prevention of edge fracture using a nontoxic liquid metal sealant
Chan, ST, Haward, SJ & Shen, AQ 2023, , Physics of Fluids, vol. 35, no. 1, 011704. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0135554

Alignment-Rheology Relationship of Biosourced Rod-Like Colloids and Polymers under Flow
Detert, M, Santos, TP, Shen, AQ & Calabrese, V 2023, , Biomacromolecules, vol. 24, no. 7, pp. 3304-3312. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.biomac.3c00347

Vortex breakdown in the shear-driven flow in a rectangular cavity
Wang, H, Yu, X, Chan, ST, Durey, G, Shen, AQ & Ault, JT 2023, , Physical Review Fluids, vol. 8, no. 11, 114701. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevFluids.8.114701