Charles Putman, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs


Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs
(780) 492-2187
4-228 Van Vliet Complex - West
8831 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H9




  • PhD – Medical Sciences, Physiology and Pharmacology, McMaster University
  • BHK – Kinesiology, University of Windsor 


  • Dr. Putman’s academic interests began in the areas of Kinesiology and Biology at the University of Windsor where, as an undergraduate (BHK), he developed an interest in skeletal muscle biochemistry.
  • After a short period working in the health and fitness industry, he resumed his academic training in the Medical Sciences Graduate Program at McMaster University (PhD) where he investigated metabolic regulation in human skeletal muscle.   
  • After completing a 3-year Postdoctoral Fellowship (funded by the Medical Research Council of Canada & the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada) in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Konstanz (Germany), Dr. Putman joined the University of Regina as an Assistant Professor (Exercise Biochemistry) in the Departments of Kinesiology and Biology.
  • Dr. Putman was subsequently recruited by the University of Alberta to join the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation (Exercise Biochemistry) as an Assistant Professor and Medical Scholar of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR). 
  • As an Associate Professor he received an AHFMR Senior Scholar Award for integrated multidisciplinary research investigating cellular and molecular aspects of skeletal muscle adaption in healthy and diseased states.
  • Dr. Putman also holds a cross appointment in Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute, (Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry).


Skeletal muscle contractions generate the forces that allow us to interact with our environment.  The structural and functional characteristics of skeletal muscle fibres determine the nature and quality of those interactions.  A post-mitotic tissue, skeletal muscle possesses considerable plasticity that allows it to dramatically change its structural and functional properties to meet new demands placed on it by the external environment.  My research uses a rodent model of muscle training (chronic low-frequency electrical stimulation - CLFS) that converts fast contracting (fast-twitch) muscle that fatigues rapidly into a slower contracting, fatigue resistant phenotype.  This model forms the primary experimental basis to investigate the mechanistic underpinnings of skeletal muscle plasticity in vivo.  Current studies focus on determining: (1) how calcineurin signalling directs CLFS-induced fast-to-slow fibre type transitions; (2) the contributions of muscle progenitor cell populations in directing fast-to-slow fibre type transitions.


• Senior undergraduate course in Human Gross Anatomy (KIN 400)

• Graduate course in Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques (KIN 517)

• Currently provides supervision to several graduate students.

•  Dr. Putman is available to supervise 2 additional graduate students and is now accepting applications.


 Dr. Putman is available to supervise 2 additional graduate students and is now accepting applications.


Adaptive responses to creatine loading and voluntary exercise in rat skeletal muscle

Author(s): Gallo M, IM MacLean, N Tyreman, KJB Martins, D Syrotuik, T Gordon and CT Putman
Publication: American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Volume: 294
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: R1319-R1328
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Creatine loading elevates the intracellular phosphorylation potential and alters adaptive responses of rat fast-twitch muscle to chronic low-frequency stimulation

Author(s): Putman CT, M Gallo, KJB Martins, IM MacLean, MJ Jendral, T Gordon, DG Syrotuik and WT Dixon
Publication: Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism
Volume: 40
Issue: 7
Page Numbers: 671-682
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Nitric oxide synthase inhibition prevents activity-induced calcineurin-NFATc1 signalling and fast-to-slow skeletal muscle fibre type conversions

Author(s): Martins KJB, M St-Louis, GK Murdoch, IM MacLean, P McDonald, WT Dixon, CT Putman and RN Michel.
Publication: Journal of Physiology (London)
Volume: 590
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 1427-1442
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Functional overload saves motor units in the SOD1-G93A transgenic mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Author(s): Gordon T, N Tyreman, S Li, CT Putman, J Hegedus
Publication: Neurobiology of Disease
Volume: 37
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 412-422
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Potential role of omega-3 fatty acids on the myogenic program of satellite cells

Author(s): Bhullar AS, CT Putman and VC Mazurak
Publication: Nutrition and Metabolic Insights
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 1-10
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