Qingshan Wei joined NC State in January 2017 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Emerging Plant Diseases and Global Food Security. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His research focuses on developing cost-effective and portable molecular imaging, sensing, and diagnostic tools for plant and human health. The goal is to transform conventional laboratory diagnostic tests from the bench to the point of care (POC) to improve our capability on disease detection and management, especially in the resource-limited settings. His research group is studying new optical microscopy/sensing devices and chip-based molecular diagnostic assays for ultrasensitive biomarker detection. His work spans broadly at the interface of engineering, chemistry, nanoscience, and biomedicine.
Previously, Wei received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in polymer materials and engineering from Zhejiang University in China, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Purdue University. He then conducted postdoctoral training in the Bioengineering Department and Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), developing imaging and sensing tools based on mobile phones. He is the recipient of the Nano Research Young Innovator (NR45) Awards in NanoBiotech (2018), Honorable Mention of the Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research, UCLA (2014), and Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, Purdue University (2011).