Bonassar Lab Alumna Jenny Puetzer Wins NSF CAREER Award

Dr. Jenny Puetzer recently received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for her proposal “Driving cells to produce strong, mature collagen fibers for post-injury healing.” Her work will investigate how the mechanical cues that occur during development further drive cells to create bigger and stronger collagen fibers.

Dr. Puetzer received her PhD from Cornell in 2014 followed by Whitaker Foundation fellowship to study with Dr. Molly Stevens at Imperial College, London.  Since 2017, she has been an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, where her laboratory focuses on mechanobiology and biochemical pathways that regulate the development and maturation of musculoskeletal tissues (

Congratulations, Jenny!

Steven Ayala