Colleen Witzenburg earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University in 2009, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota in 2011 and 2014, respectively, carrying out her thesis work with Prof. Victor Barocas. Her research at the University of Minnesota developed experimental and analytical techniques for determining the heterogeneous properties and directional failure behavior of soft tissues.
After graduate work, Dr. Witzenburg worked with Prof. Jeffrey Holmes at the University of Virginia in the Cardiac Biomechanics Group where she was awarded postdoctoral fellowships both from the American Heart Association and the Hartwell Foundation. At the University of Virginia, she developed and employed computational models to predict cardiac growth and remodeling under various conditions (hemodynamic overload, myocardial infarction, congenital heart disease, etc.). She joins the University of Wisconsin eager to begin working on projects predicting both the spatial and temporal behavior of cardiovascular soft tissues.