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Steve Shih, PhD

Steve Shih, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.Sc., University of Ottawa
B.A.Sc., University of Toronto


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.



Top row (L-R): Steve Shih, Jahnic Beck, James Perry, Samuel Little, Anatoly Syutkin

Bottom row (L-R): Angela Quach, Kenza Samlali, Alaa Selim, Guy Soffer, Ehsan Moazami, Raja Jain

Missing: Fatemeh Ahmadi


Abtin Ghodoussi - Undergraduate (Concordia) - 2016 Summer

Meko Deng - Undergraduate (McGill) - 2016 Summer

Kaleem Corbin - Undergraduate (McGill) - 2016 Summer

Lea Bernier - Graduate Visitor (EPFL) - 2017 Winter

Jessica Castillo - Undergraduate Mitacs - 2017 Summer

Alex Paun - Graduate Diploma - 2017 Fall

Mathieu Husser - Undergraduate CUSRA - 2016-17

Philippe Vo - Undergraduate NSERC - 2016-17, 2018

Anatoly Syutkin - Undergraduate NSERC - 2018

Hugo Sinha - MASc ECE (currently at DropGenie ) - 2016-2018

Fatemeh Ahmadi - MASc ECE (currently Ph.D) - 2016-2018

Raja Jain - Undergraduate Mitacs - 2018 Summer