Congratulations to Madison Bates for receiving the 2021 Gerald E. Miller Award for Excellence in the BME Undergraduate Program. The Miller Award is awarded to undergraduates that demonstrate impressive academic accomplishments, research achievements, and dedicated service to the BME program and community! Well done Madison!!!
Congratulations to undergrad Saagar Sheth for being awarded a Undergraduate Fellowship from the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) for his work investigating cell localization and differentiation in ligament-to-bone enthesis engineering. Using a novel culture system we have previously shown to drive zonal enthesis tissue formation, Saagar is investigating whether ligament fibroblasts seeded into out culture system localize to specific zones of the enthesis, or whether the tensile-compressive culture environment drives their differentiation. Congrats Saagar!!
We are excited to announce we received an Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation Research and Training (AR3T) Pilot Grant entitled "Driving Zonal Stem Cell Differentiation with Developmental Mechanical Cues for Ligament-to-bone Enthesis Regeneration." This work will explore how mechanical loads, similar to those experienced during development, drive stem cells to form strong attachments to bone. This work will help to create functional ACL replacements, as well as help to shed light on way to improve ACL graft repair integration.
You can read more about it here or here
Congratulations to Panth Doshi and Madison Bates who both won Best Presentation at the VCU Undergraduate Research Symposium today!! They both did a great job presenting their work and answering questions.
We are excited to announce Dr. Puetzer has been accepted as an NIH Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Engineering Career Development Program (IREK12) scholar. The program's goal is to support and mentor junior faculty interested in developing careers based in rehabilitation research. Specifically, this program will provide funding and mentorship for the Puetzer lab to take their research in how mechanical forces guide cells to create the underlying structure of tendons and ligaments, and apply that research to physical therapy to help with regeneration and repair of torn ligaments and tendons throughout the body. Click here for more information
We are keeping spirits high and research rolling even with social distancing! Officially hitting Brady Bunch status on Zoom meant it was time for a new Lab picture.
Congratulations to undergrad Panth Doshi for being awarded a Undergraduate Fellowship from the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research for his work on Combating Aging-Induced Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs) in Tendons with Tensile Loading! His goal is to find a loading regime which stimulates cells to breakdown AGE crosslinks that accumulate with age, helping to maintain the health of tendons.
Congratulations to undergrad Madison Bates who was selected for the Goldwater Scholarship, a premier national scholarship to support and honor undergraduates interested in pursuing research careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Way to go Madison!! Read more about it here.
We had a fantastic time at the annual Orthopaedic Research Society Meeting in Phoenix, Az. The boys did a great job presenting the lab's first podium and posters!!.