Zhiquan (Andy) Shu

The winner of the 2023 Dayong Gao Young Investigator Award, sponsored by GoldSim has been announced as Dr. Zhiquan (Andy) Shu.

Dr. Zhiquan (Andy) Shu earned his dual Bachelor's degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science & Technology from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), and his Master and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering (specifically in cryobiology) from the University of Washington (UW). Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering and Technology at the University of Washington (UW) Tacoma, the Associate Director of the Center for Cryo-Biomedical Engineering and Artificial Organs and an Affiliate Assistant Professor at UW Seattle.

Dr. Shu’s research has been focusing on fundamental and applied cryobiology. He has published 5 book chapters, authored/co-authored approximately 75 peer-reviewed journal papers, and many conference papers and abstracts, covering a variety of topics including the development of novel methods, technologies, and instruments for cryobiology study, biopreservation applications, and optimal biopreservations of various cells, tissues, and organs. Recently, Dr. Shu and his collaborators have been working on organ preservation by vitrification and electromagnetic waves-assisted rewarming.

In addition to research, Dr. Shu has devoted much of his career to educating young talent in cryobiology. As an advisor/co-advisor/committee member, he has supervised 2 Ph.D., 8 master, 12 undergraduate, and 4 high school students.

Dr. Shu actively serves in the cryobiology and biopreservation communities. He was the Treasurer and an Executive Member of the Society for Cryobiology in 2018-2019, a Chair for the cryobiology webinar, a Session Chair and a member of the Conference Program Committee, Student Awards Committee, Scientific Review Committee, etc. for the annual cryobiology conferences in the last 5 years.  He is the Editor of a special Issue (August 2022) and a Section Editor for the journal of Biopreservation and Biobanking, an Editorial Board Member of a few other journals, and an invited reviewer for about 30 scientific journals.