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 is focused on developing next-generation field-deployable molecular imaging, sensing, and diagnostic tools for plants and humans. These tools are essential to translate conventional laboratory diagnostic tests from the bench to the point of care for rapid field detection, personal health monitoring, and battling infectious diseases in resource-limited settings. His research group is studying new portable microscopy devices for single-molecule detection as well as novel lab-on-a-chip systems for rapid sample preparation such as DNA extraction, amplification and sequence-specific labeling. His work spans broadly at the interface of engineering, chemistry, nanoscience and biology.
Previously, Qingshan received a 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, where he worked on the synthesis and biomedical applications of plasmonic nanostructures. He was also a postdoctoral scholar 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 Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship at Purdue University and an Honorable Mention of the Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research at UCLA.