Benjamin Wu, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Bioengineering
Department of Materials Science
Division of Advanced Prosthodontics, Biomaterials, and Hospital Dentistry
Benjamin Wu, D.D.S., Ph.D., is a practicing clinician and biomaterial scientist. His research brings to bear bioengineering approaches to regenerate lost tissues based on the following biomimetic strategy: (i) learn from natural developmental biology, wound healing, and tissue remodeling; (ii) copy nature and engineer biomimetic microenvironments to promote tissue repair; and (iii) investigate the mechanisms by which progenitor cells and biomolecules interact with engineered microenvironments, which can be formed with a combination of surface bound and/or diffusible biochemical signals and/or biomechanical signals.
Dr. Wu received his D.D.S. from the University of Pacific, his advanced prosthodontics specialty certificate at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently Associated Professor and Vice Chair of the UCLA Department of Bioengineering, with joint appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and in the School of Dentistry at UCLA. Prof. Wu is Co-Director of the Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology, and a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute, the California NanoSystems Institute, and the Academy of Prosthodontics. He is a Member of the Academy of Prosthodontics.
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