Wei Shih



Cullen College of Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Houston

Additional Information:

Associate Editor: OSA Optics Express
Associate Editor: SPIE Journal of Nanophotonics
NASA ECF Awardee
Technical Program Commitee: OSA Optical Sensors
Bio-Optics Design & Applications
SPIE Photonics West
SCIX Plasmonics


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Wei-Chuan Shih earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. from National Taiwan U, National Chiao Tung U, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively. His Ph.D. work was conducted at MIT Spectroscopy Laboratory/NIH Laser Biomedical Research Center under late laser physicist Dr. Michael S. Feld, studying novel optical spectroscopy techniques for non-invasive chemical/biomedical sensing and disease diagnosis. He also worked extensively on MEMS design and nanofabrication at MIT Mechanical Engineering under Drs. George Barbastathis and Sang-Gook Kim. Prior to joining the U. of Houston, he was Schlumberger research fellow, studying optical analysis of hydrocarbon and offshore oil spill monitoring.
Dr. Shih is tenured Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering and Chemistry at the U. of Houston. He was MIT Martin Fellow of Sustainability, and received NSF CAREER Award in Biophotonics, inaugural NASA Early CAREER Faculty Award, UH Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, and UH Cullen College of Engineering Faculty Research Excellence Award. Besides NSF and NASA, his research is also supported by NIH, DoI, and GoMRI, with a past 5-year total over US$3.5M. Dr. Shih has been selected as a Topical Editor of Optical Society of America’s major journal Applied Optics in 2017. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and SPIE.


  • Development for biomedicine and portable chem/biosensing based on core research expertise in nanobiophotonics
  • Plasmonics
  • Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)
  • Nanofabrication, optical imaging, microscopy & spectroscopy
  • Single nanoparticle (exosome, virus) analysis
  • Disease diagnosis by virtual biopsy
  • N/MEMS/microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip
  • Smartphone microscopy and portable chemical/biological sensor