Matthew Fisher, Ph.D.


Matthew B. Fisher, Ph.D.

Director, TORL

Associate Professor
Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering
North Carolina State University &
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Orthopaedics
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


Dr. Matthew 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. Dr. Fisher’s research focuses on musculoskeletal soft tissues, which play a central role in guiding and stabilizing our joints during movement. Unfortunately, they are often injured, leading to altered structure, loss of function, and pain. The focus of Dr. Fisher’s research is on understanding the biomechanics of these tissues and developing tissue engineering and regenerative medicine solutions following injury. Areas of interest include biomechanics during skeletal growth, bioscaffold fabrication, computational models, and animal models. 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.  In his free time, Matt runs after his two young children, plays golf, and dominates lab competitions.

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University, 2005

Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2010

Post-doctoral Fellowship, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, 2011-2013

HONORS & Awards

2020                 Y.C. Fung Early Career Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

2020                 Rising Star Award, BMES Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group

2015                 Faculty Research & Professional Development Award, NC State University

2015                 Research Innovation Seed Fund, NC State University

2013                 Most Recently Read Article in Tissue Engineering: Part B (for all of 2013)

2013                 NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship

2012                  Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation Young Investigator Grant Award