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Caitlyn Collins

Assistant Professor
Portrait of Caitlyn Collins, in a light blue suit jacket
323 Kelly Hall
Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061


The Collins Lab: Hard tissue biomechanics and computational mechanobiology

Research Areas

  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Solid Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Bone Mechanobiology
  • Integration of Medical Imaging with Experimental and Computational Biomechanics
  • Personalized Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Machine Learning


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011

Awards, Honors, and Service

  • American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) First Independent Research Support & Transition (FIRST) Award, 2021
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowship, HealinguFE (, 2020-2021
  • MSCA Innovative Training Network, FIDELIO (, 2020-2024
  • Post-doctoral fellow at TU Wien, 2016-2018
  • Whitaker International Scholar, 2016-2018
  • Grainger Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, 2015
  • Societies: ASBMR, European Society of Biomechanics (ESB), Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)
  • Service: Engineering Expo (2013, 2015), BE OPEN - Science and Society Festival (2018), Scientifica (2021), Fix the Leaky Pipeline (2019-2021)

Recent Publications

Walle, M., Marques, F.C., Ohs, N., Blauth, M., Müller R., Collins C.J., Bone Mechanoregulation allows subject-specific load estimation based on time-lapsed micro-CT and HR-pQCT in vivo, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, accepted June  2021.

Ohs N., Collins C.J., Trourolle D.C., Atkins P.R., Schroeder B., Blauth M., Christen P., Müller R., Automated Segmentation of Fractured Distal Radii by 3D Geodesic Active Contouring of in vivo HR-pQCT Images, Bone, 147:115930, 2021.

Collins C.J., Yang B., Lu M., Crenshaw T., Ploeg H., Methodological evaluation of experimental, analytical, and computational methods to determine bone bending stiffness, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biological Materials, 115(104253), 2020.

Ohs, N., Collins C.J., Atkins P.R., Validation of HR-pQCT against Micro-CT for Enhanced Patient Evaluation Techniques: A Review, Bone Reports, 2020.

Collins C.J., Kozarev M., Frank M., Andriotis O.A., Byrne R., Kiener H., Pretterklieber M., Thurner P.J., The impact of age, mineralization, and collagen orientation on the failure mode of individual osteons from human femora, Materialia, 9:100573, 2020.

Collins C.J., Andriotis O.G., Nedelkovski V., Frank M., Katsamenis O.L., Thurner P.J., Bone Micro- and Nanomechanics. In R. Narayen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering, vol. 2, pp. 22-44, Elsevier. ISBN: 9780128048290, 2019.

Collins C.J., Boyer M., Crenshaw T., Ploeg H., Design of a surrogate for evaluation of methods to predict bone bending stiffness, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 88:346-351, 2018.

Collins C.J., Vivanco J., Sokn S., Williams B.O., Burgers T.A., Ploeg H., Fracture healing in mice lacking Pten in osteoblasts: A micro-computed tomography image-based analysis of the mechanical properties of the femur, Journal of Biomechanics, 48(2):310-317, 2015.