Matt Fisher joined NC State in January 2014 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Translational Regenerative Medicine. He is an associate professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at NC State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fisher’s research focuses on musculoskeletal soft tissues, which play a central role in guiding and stabilizing human joints during movement. Unfortunately, these joints are often injured, leading to altered structure, loss of function and pain. Fisher’s work contributes to the development of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine solutions for injured tissues. Areas of interest include bioscaffold fabrication, prediction of outcomes following implantation, and assessment of function. Fisher’s lab is developing models of diarthrodial joint growth. His work is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science.
He received a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering from Columbia University, followed by a Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship involving the design and translation of scaffolds for meniscus and cartilage tissue engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. This work was sponsored by an NIH NRSA Post-Doctoral Fellowship and a Young Investigator Award from the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, complementing his Ph.D. research using bioscaffolds to enhance healing of the anterior cruciate ligament. Fisher has published more than 50 peer reviewed research articles, editorials and book chapters.