Matt Fisher joined North Carolina State University in January 2014 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Translational Regenerative Medicine. He is an Assistant Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill. His long-term research goal is to utilize quantitative metrics and engineering principles to understand why individual tissue engineering and regenerative medicine approaches succeed within the body and employ this knowledge to develop superior technologies, with a strong focus on orthopaedic soft tissues. Specific areas of interest include bioscaffolds, prediction of outcomes following implantation, and assessment of function following treatment. Within the regenerative medicine cluster, he will work closely with his colleagues, Dr. Starly and Dr. Cheng, to develop and evaluate functional and scale-able scaffolds for enhanced tissue regeneration.
Before joining NC State, Fisher completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania involving the design and translation of scaffolds for meniscus and cartilage tissue engineering. This work was sponsored by an NIH National Research Service Award Post-Doctoral Fellowship and a Young Investigator Award from the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation. This work complemented his Ph.D. research using bioscaffolds to enhance healing of the anterior cruciate ligament. To date, Fisher has published more than 25 peer reviewed research articles, editorials, and book chapters. Fisher’s formal education began with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University, followed by a Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh.