About Dr. Michelle Tu

Dr. Michelle Tu possesses over a decade of experience in stem cell, regeneration, and biotech research. 

While working on her PhD at Shriners Hospital for Children- Northern California, she discovered how important calcium is for skin hydration, protection, and regeneration. Inspired by her research and daily encounters with young burn patients at the hospital, Michelle developed calcium-based skincare products to help increase hydration, minimize the signs of aging, and restore skin's natural glow.

Michelle holds a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology with a Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology from the University of California, Davis, where she was awarded the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Fellowship for Stem Cell Training. She also received her B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, where she first discovered her interest in stem cells at the UCI Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center. 


She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and has an insatiable appetite for pizza, an obsession with nail art, and a major case of wanderlust.


Inspiring All Girls to be Strong, Smart, & Bold.

CURA Skincare donates 5% of every purchase to Girls Inc. 

to support STEM programs, providing young girls from

low-income, underserved communities access to valuable skills, experience, and opportunities in STEM fields.

As a scientist, mentor, and former teacher, Dr. Michelle Tu is committed to helping young women obtain educations and careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. She is an active volunteer with Girls Inc. of Alameda County, has worked with various non-profit programs, and mentored several young women in hopes of inspiring the next generation of confident leaders and #girlbosses.