William Shih is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Cancer Biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a member of the Wyss Institute for biologically inspired engineering. He was a graduate student in the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford University, and a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology at the Scripps Research Institute.
William’s lab investigates methods to design self-assembling nanostructures made from DNA. This process, called “DNA Origami”, could be used to develop absolutely tiny devices for use in biomedical applications . For his research, William received the New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health, in 2008.