Congratulations to Mitchell Page on successfully passing his Ph.D. defense on April 9, 2021. Mitchell joined the OBRL in 2016 and began working with Dr. Puttlitz on his research titled “Additive Manufacturing of an Intervertebral Disc Repair Patch to Treat Spinal Herniation”. This research focused on the development of a 3D-printed, tissue-engineered implant to treat low back pain. Mitchell evaluated the mechanics of these constructs using experimental and computational (finite element) techniques to obtain clinically desirable characteristics on a bulk and micromechanical level.
Mitchell graduated from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, in 2016 with a BE in Mechanical Engineering with First Class Honours. Following his undergraduate work, he completed a research scholarship with Dr. Puttlitz at the University of Canterbury and spent five months working at Enztec developing a quality management system and medical device prototype for a start-up company in Christchurch, New Zealand. In August 2016, Mitchell moved to Colorado to join Dr. Puttlitz’s group.