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Kirk Shung, PhD

Division: neural-electronics

Dean’s Professor in Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests:

Dr. Shung’s research interest is in ultrasonic transducers, high frequency ultrasonic imaging and ultrasound microbeams. His laboratory has developed ultrahigh frequency (UHF) single element transducers (>100 MHz), several versions of high frequency (>30 MHz) linear arrays and an imaging platform to test these arrays. He is also interested in UHF ultrasound applications in cellular bioengineering, e.g. cell trapping, stimulation and sorting.


Professor Shung received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of Washington, Seattle, WA, in 1975. He has been a professor of biomedical engineering at USC since 2002 and the director of NIH Resource Center on Medical Ultrasonic Transducer Technology since 1997. He was appointed a dean’s professor in biomedical engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC in 2013. Dr. Shung is a life fellow of IEEE, and a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. He is a founding fellow of American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He received the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Early Career Award in 1985 and was the coauthor of a paper that received the best paper award for IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control (UFFC) in 2000. He was elected an outstanding alumnus of Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan in 2001. He was selected as the distinguished lecturer for the IEEE UFFC society for 2002-2003. He received the Holmes Pioneer Award in Basic Science from American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine in 2010. He was selected to receive the academic career achievement award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in 2011. Dr. Shung has published more than 400 papers and book chapters. He is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroeelctrics and Frequency Control and IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering.

List of Publications:

  • R. Chen, N. Cabrera, K. H. Lam, H. Hsu, F. Zheng, Q. Zhou, and K. K. Shung, PMN-PT Single Crystal High Frequency Kerfless Phased Array. IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control 61: 1033-1041, 2014.
  • J.Y. Hwang, C.W. Yoon, K.H. Lam, H.G. Lim, S. Yoon, C. Lee, C.T. Chiu, B. J. Kang, and K. K. Shung. Non-contact high-frequency ultrasound microbeam stimulation for studying mechanotransduction in human umbilical vein endothelial cells. Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology 40: 2172-2182, 2014. (PMC4130794)
  • Y. Li and K.K. Shung. A feasibility study of in vivoapplications of single beam acoustic tweezers. Applied Physics Letters 105, 173701: 1-5, 2014. (PMC4224677).
  • J. Y. Hwang, B. J. Kang, C. Lee, H. H. Kim, J. Park, Q. Zhou, and K. K. Shung. Acoustic radiation force impulse microscopy via photoacoustic detection for probing mechanical properties of single cells. Biomedical Optical Express 6: 11-22, 2015.


  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, 1975
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri, 1970
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, Cheng-Kung University, 1968

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