Dr. Fu received a B.E. degree (2000) from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and a M.S. degree (2002) from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), both in Mechanical Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2007 for thesis completed with Dr. Jongyoon Han. Dr. Fu was an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Christopher S. Chen's group at the University of Pennsylvania from 2007 to 2009. Dr. Fu has been at the University of Michigan in the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 2009 to the present, achieving the rank of Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 2020. Dr. Fu also holds courtesy appointments in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology.
Dr. Fu’s research contributions have been recognized by more than 30 institutional, national and international awards and honors, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2012), the Rising Star Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society (2016), the Analytical Chemistry Young Innovator Award from the American Chemical Society (2020), and numerous research awards from the University of Michigan. Dr. Fu is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is also a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Fu is a member of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Guidelines Working Group (2019-2021) and a council member of the Biomedical Engineering Society Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group (BMES CMBE-SIG) (2020-2022). Dr. Fu’s current research focuses on mechanobiology, stem cell bioengineering, developmental bioengineering, microfluidics and BioMEMS. Dr. Fu and his co-workers' research on modeling human development using human stem cells has contributed significantly to the emerging field of "Artificial Embryos", which was selected by the MIT Technology Review as “10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2018”.