Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Christian Puttlitz


Office: Engineering A101C
Phone: 970-491-0956

Dr. Christian M. Puttlitz

Department Head & Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Director, Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Laboratory

Department of Clinical Sciences

School of Advanced Materials Discovery

School of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Puttlitz’s research interests are mainly focused on using experimental and computation techniques to investigate orthopaedic conditions and their treatments. Examples of his current research include using the finite element method to study how loading changes in the spine following intervertebral disc replacement.


  • Ph.D. 1999, University of Iowa – Biomedical Engineering
  • M.S. 1993, Clemson University – Bioengineering
  • B.S. 1992, Michigan State University – Materials Science Engineering


Research Interests

  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Experimental techniques, animal models and computation techniques to investigate orthopaedic conditions and their treatments
  • Current research includes:
    • 3D printing for fibrocartilage regeneration (intervertebral disc and temporomandibular joint)
    • Prediction of fracture healing
    • Mechanobiology of orthopaedic soft tissues
    • Cell-free tissue engineering (exosomes)

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 – Editor’s Choice: one of the nine highest impact papers in Journal of Biomechanical Engineering in 2014, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
  • 2012 – Distinguishing Visiting Research Scholar, University of British Columbia
  • 2011 – Monfort Professor, Colorado State University
  • 2010 – Editor’s Choice: one of the highest impact papers in Anesthesiology in 2009, Anesthesiology
  • 2010 – Whitecloud Basic Science Award, International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques