Dr. Putzke joined the NWABR Board in 2017. He is an Associate professor of Biology at Whitworth University. He has been involved with IACUC committee work since 2012 and is currently the chair of the IACUC. Dr. Putzke worked in the biotechnology industry prior to receiving his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2003, after which he went on to postdoctoral research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. His research interests focus on cell-cell communication as they relate to both developmental and cancer biology.