Dr Jung-uk Shim

Dr Jung-uk Shim


08/2013 – present    University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.  Lecturer in School of Physics and Astronomy
06/2012 – 07/2013    University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK   PDRA
02/2007 – 05/2012    University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.  Research fellow
10/2003 – 09/2005    Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.  Visiting researcher
09/2002 – 02/2007    Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA.   Research Assistance
02/1994 – 08/2001    Samsung Electronics, South Korea.   Senior Researching Engineer


  • Study Abrod Coordinator
  • Impact Committee

Research interests

I am interested in studying biological systems ranging from cells to molecules using microfluidics that facilitate the quantitative study of biological systems. We are developing microfluidc platforms able to (1) study neural networks in C.elegans, (2) identify the presence of diseases significantly more sensitively, (3) analyse molecular structure of protein at single molecule level for directed evolution and (4) study atmospheric ice-nucleation particle (INP). 

Current major projects include:

  • Single animal study
  • Microfluidic biodiagnostics
  • Quantification of INP
  • Single protein molecule biophysics
  • Microfluidic droplets for synthetic biology
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD, Physics, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA
  • MSc, Physics, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
  • BSc, Physics, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea

Student education

  • I have been acting as a main instructor for two modules and an assistant instructor for three modules.
  • I have been (co)-supervising four PhD students and a few BSc/MPhys students.
  • I am a study abroad coordinator in Physics.

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>