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Zhixia(Linda) Shi

Project Scientist, IEM, UC San Diego


Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering 

University of Nevada, Las Vegas 

September 1998 – March 2004 


M. S. in Electrical Engineering 

Jilin University of Technology, Jilin, China 

September 1992 – March 1995 


M. S. in Electrical Engineering  

Yanshan University, Hebei, China 

September 1988 – July 1992 


Professional Experiences 

Project Scientist 

Institute of Engineering in Medicine, University of California, San Diego 

Sept. 2006 – present 

  • Developing multifunctional tweezers and scissors systems 
  • Using optical traps to study the effects of trap depth on the sperm escape power  Using a robotic laser scissors system to study the regulation of DNA repair on cancer  cells and cell as homologous recombination 


Post-doctoral Researcher  

Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM), University of California, San Diego

May 2004 – August 2006 

  • Using optical traps to measure swimming forces of sperms of primates with various  mating patterns  
  • Designing and implementing an algorithm for real-time sperm tracking, laser trapping  and fluorescent imaging  
  • Upgrading and modifying automatic robotic microscope laser scissors and tweezers  systems 


Research Assistant  

Energy Research Center, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 

June 1999-May 2001

  • Designing an importance-based fuzzy logic controller for a two-link rigid-flexible  robotic manipulator 
  • Performing simulation study of hydrogen/electric hybrid bus 
  • Studying micro-scale power generation with thermo-photo-volatiacs materials 



Department of Electrical Engineering, Jilin University of Technology, Jilin, China 

April 1995 -August 1998 

  • Developing a dynamical model and an adaptive control algorithm for a two-link flexible  robotic manipulator 


Professional Organizations 

  • Member, Optical Society of America 
  • Member, International Community of Optical Engineering 
  • Member, American Society of Cell Biology 
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineering 
  • Member, Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society 
  • Member, Society of Automotive Engineering 



  • President's Fellowship at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2001-2002
  • Honor program in the graduate school at Jilin University of Technology, 1992-1994
  • University Scholarship at Jilin University of Technology, 1993 
  • College Scholarship at Yanshan University, 1989, 1990 and 1991