Dr. Chu was the Chief of the Disparities Research Branch at the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. Dr. Chu oversaw the $95 million Community Networks Program and the $25 million Patient Navigation Research Program, and also developed new programs to aid in reducing cancer health disparities.
Prior to his appointment at the NCI, Dr. Chu worked in early detection research in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (now the Division of Cancer Prevention) at the National Cancer Institute. He has been involved in number of cancer research activities from studying carcinogen bioassays to developing risk assessments to examining the efficacy of early detection screening procedures. He has examined the possible causes of declines in breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancer mortality rates. In the mid 1990s, he began to work on cancer disparities research and has continued to help develop resources for reducing disparities at the community level.
Dr. Chu received his B.S. in Chemistry from University of California (Berkeley) and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at UCLA. Dr. Chu is currently retired.