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


  • 09/2001 – 02/2007    PhD in Physics, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA
  • 03/1990 – 02/1992    MS in Physics, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
  • 03/1986 – 02/1990    BS in Physics, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea


  • 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


  • PhD in Physics

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.

Postgraduate research opportunities

We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our research opportunities allow you to search for projects and scholarships.

Projects currently available: