Dr. Emily Chu completed her undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis in 2006, and graduate studies at the University of Washington, receiving her D.D.S. in 2012 and her Ph.D. in 2015. She subsequently began postdoctoral training in the Laboratory of Oral and Connective Tissue Biology at the National Institutes of Health.

Research Statement

Dr. Chu’s research focuses on investigating factors with critical roles in the development and maintenance of the periodontal complex. The lab uses a variety of techniques, including transgenic animal models, histological stains, medical imaging, and in vitro cell culture. In understanding interactions between factors critical to the periodontal complex, their environment, and other molecules, the lab aims to develop therapies toward regeneration of the periodontium.

Our lab's recent focus areas have been:

  • Role of phosphate and pyrophosphate metabolism in physiology and pathology of the dentoalveolar complex.
  • Role of extracellular matrix proteins and signaling molecules in development of the tooth root and differentiation of associated cell types.
  • Novel approaches for periodontal regeneration.
  • Clinical manifestations of mutations associated with alterations in the dentoalveolar complex.


University of Washington, School of Dentistry
Ph.D., Department of Oral Biology, 2015

University of Washington, School of Dentistry
D.D.S., Department of Oral Biology, 2012

Washington University in St. Louis
B.A., Biology, Mathematics, 2006


Research Scientist I
University of Washington School of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics; Seattle, WA, 2006 - 2008

Research Assistant
Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2003 - 2006

Summer Scholar
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Prefreshman Program, Washington University in St. Louis, 2002 - 2002

Last Updated: May 2017