Current Members

Amy Shen

Associate Professor

amy shen Education
  • Ph.D., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000
  • Post Doc. Fellow, Harvard University, 2000-2002
  • E-Mail:
  • Phone: (206) 221-0372
My research program concerns complex fluids and the processing of these fascinating materials to create morphologies and structures that can find application in the nanotechnology, biotechnology microelectronics, and energy related materials. Whether they are liquid crystals, polymeric liquids, surfactants and vesicles, or suspensions, this important class of soft materials is characterized by intermolecular/particle forces that give rise to time and length scale distributions that are easily accessed by processing flows. Consequently, external processing forces can create a host of nano-morphologies and bulk properties that are central to their end-use applications.

Graduate Students

Joshua Cardiel (Ph.D candidate)

jess Education
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), 2009
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, June 2011
  • E-Mail: jjc26@u.washington
  • Phone: (206) 543-4445
Project: Flow induced nanoporous structures for biomedical applications
More: I spend my time reading, watching movies, and visiting new places. But in general, I prefer that people know me...

Shilpa Naidu (Ph.D candidate)

jess Education
  • B.Tech. Agricultural & Food Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur, 2008
  • M.S., Agricultural & Biological Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2010
  • E-Mail: shilpanb@u.washington
  • Phone: (206) 543-4445
Project: Microfluidics based glucose sensing using nanodroplets
More: I spent 6 wonderful years in Kharagpur and Urbana-Champaign pursuing my undergrad and masters degrees before I moved to this beautiful city and I have enjoyed every minute of my stay here so far. I enjoy playing different sports, being outdoors, reading books and food. I would love to travel around the world someday. For starters, I am looking forward to explore everything that Washington has to offer.

Xialing Zhang

Xialing Zhang Education
  • B.S., Mechanics and Engineering Science, Peking University, 2003
  • M.S., Mechanics and Engineering Science, Peking University, 2006
  • E-Mail:
  • Phone: (314) 935-6095
Project: Dynamics of granular chains and locomotion/biosensing of C. elegans.

Di Zhang

Di Zhang Education
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology,2011
  • E-Mail:
  • Phone: (206) 915-4258
Project: Using microfluidics to generate stable microbubbles
More: Swimming and music

Ya Zhao

Ya Zhang Education
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology,2011
  • E-Mail:
  • Phone: (206) 779-9442
Project: Microfluidics based nanogel formation

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Spencer Wood

James Nguyen Education
  • Biochemistry, University of Washington; B.S; 2012
  • E-Mail: shdw@u.washington
Project: Locomotion and chemotaxis of C. elegans