Research Highlights and Interests

Dr. Chu's current research activities mainly fall into two areas: Bone tissue engineering and the in vivo dental implant evaluations.  His work in bone tissue engineering focuses on the manufacturing and characterization of load-bearing biodegradable scaffolds for bone regeneration.  He has received supports from NIH, Indiana CTSI, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation with his work in this area. He is also currently collaborating with Prof. Melissa Kacena at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery to study the effect of a platelet-stimulating drug on bone regeneration. Their project is currently funded by NIH R01 and Indiana University IUCRG grant. With his background in dental materials and bone characterization, Dr. Chu has established his research program in the in vivo evaluation of dental implants.  He has received more than $500,000 funding from industries as well as NIH SBIR to conduct in vivo evaluation of several novel dental implants. In the past five years, he has published 24 papers with 10 related to bone tissue engineering, 7 related to dental implants, and 7 on other research topics.