Welcome to the Puetzer Lab!
The mission of the Puetzer Lab at VCU is to develop functional meniscus, tendon, and ligament replacements. Our lab applies mechanical and chemical stimulation to drive collagen fiber formation and bone integration. In order to better stimulate repair in vivo, we investigate the mechanobiology and biochemical pathways that regulate the development and maturation of these musculoskeletal tissues. Further, we employ tissue engineering techniques to investigate effects of ageing and inflammation on tissue organization and repair. Our ultimate goal is to develop functional musculoskeletal replacements with native collagen organization and strength, primed for aged and inflammatory environments.