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Matthew Fisher

4130 Engineering Building III
CB 7115, Raleigh, NC, 27695
(919) 515-5242

mbfisher@ncsu.edu

Research Areas:
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Regenerative Medicine
Education:
  • 2010 Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2005 B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

Bio

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 NCSU 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.
Understanding Post-Natal Musculoskeletal Soft Tissue Growth in the Porcine Model
Recent work has focused on understanding musculoskeletal soft tissue growth within the context of the knee joint. Initial studies have focused on the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), an increasingly common injury in children and adolescents. The porcine model has been used to study knee joint growth via MR imaging, joint level biomechanics using robotics, computational modeling, and additional analyses. 
Advanced Manufacturing for Fibrous Soft Tissue Regeneration
This work focuses on applying advanced manufacturing approaches (3D printing, nonwovens, etc.) to create fibrous soft tissue replacements. An example can be found here: https://news.ncsu.edu/2019/06/revolution-regenerative-medicine/ . We also use in-vitro models to screen potential scaffolds and use preclinical models to assess in-vivo success. Tdesign of 3D printed scaffolds for soft tissue regeneration.

Research Interests

Tissue Engineering
Orthopaedic Soft Tissues
Bioscaffolds
Robotics


Awards

Rising Star Award, BMES Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group, 2020
Faculty Research & Professional Development Award, NC State University, 2015
North Carolina State University Research and Innovation Seed Award, 2015
NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2013
Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation Young Investigator Grant Award, 2012


Courses Taught

BME 362: Biomaterials Characterization
BME 590: Functional Tissue Engineering
BME 484/584: Tissue Engineering Fundamentals