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Fisher, John

Fisher, John

Distinguished University Professor & Department Chair
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
4102A A. James Clark Hall


Ph.D., Rice University, 2003

Biomedical engineering; synthesis of novel hydrolytically degradable; implantable polymers; study and use of biomaterials for the delivery of therapeutics; scaffolds for orthopaedic tissue engineering applications; interaction of biomaterials and tissues

For a full list of publications, please visit Professor Fisher's web site »

  • AB Yeatts, DT Choquette, and JP Fisher. Bioreactors to Influence Stem Cell Fate: Augmentation of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Signaling Pathways via Dynamic Culture Systems. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta: General Subjects. In Press. (PubMed)
  • EE Coates, CN Riggin, and JP Fisher. Matrix Molecule Influence on Chondrocyte Phenotype and Proteoglycan 4 Expression by Alginate-Embedded Zonal Chondrocytes and Mesenchymal Stem Cells. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. In Press. (PubMed)
  • P Pisanti, AB Yeatts, S Cardea, JP Fisher, and E Reverchon. Tubular Perfusion System Culture of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells on PLLA Scaffolds Produced Using a Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Assisted Process. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Part A. In Press. (PubMed)
  • S Janardhanan, MO Wang, and JP Fisher. Co-culture Strategies in Bone Tissue Engineering: The Impact of Culture Conditions on Pluripotent Stem Cell Populations. Tissue Engineering Part B: Reviews. 18: 312-321 (2012). (PubMed)
  • D Dean, J Wallace, A Siblani, MO Wang, K Kim, AG Mikos, and JP Fisher. Continuous Digital Light Processing (cDLP): Highly Accurate Additive Manufacturing of Tissue Engineered Bone Scaffolds. Virtual and Physical Prototyping. 7: 13-24 (2012).
  • AB Yeatts, EM Geibel, FF Fears, and JP Fisher. Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Position within Scaffolds Influences Cell Fate During Dynamic Culture. Biotechnology and Bioengineering. 109:2381-2391 (2012). (PubMed)
  • DS Kaplan, VM Hitchins, TJ Vegella, RA Malinauskas, KM Ferlin, JP Fisher, and CG Frondoza. Centrifugation Assay for Measuring Adhesion of Serially-Passaged Bovine Chondrocytes to Polystyrene Surfaces. Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods. 18: 537-544 (2012). (PubMed)
  • EE Coates and JP Fisher. Gene Expression of Alginate Embedded Chondrocyte Subpopulations and Their Response to Exogenous IGF-1 Delivery. Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. 6: 179-192 (2012). (PubMed)
  • AB Yeatts, CN Gordon, and JP Fisher. Formation of an Aggregated Alginate Construct in a Tubular Perfusion System. Tissue Engineering Part C, Methods. 17: 1171-1178 (2011). (PubMed)
  • J Choi, K Kim, T Kim, G Liu, T Hyeon, MT McMahon, JW Bulte, JP Fisher, AA Gilad. Multimodal Imaging of Sustained Drug Release from 3-D Poly(Propylene Fumarate) Scaffolds. Journal of Controlled Release. 156: 239-245 (2011)
  • K Kim, D Dean, J Wallace, R Breithaupt, AG Mikos, and JP Fisher. The Influence of Stereolithographic Scaffold Architecture and Composition on Osteogenic Signal Expression with Rat Bone Marrow Stromal Cells. Biomaterials. 32: 3750-3763 (2011). (PubMed)
  • EE Falco, EE Coates, E Li, JS Roth, and JP Fisher. Fabrication and Characterization of Porous EH Scaffolds and EH-PEG Bilayers. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Part A. 97: 264-271 (2011). (PubMed)
  • EE Falco, MO Wang, JA Thompson, JM Chetta, DM Yoon, EZ Li, MM Kulkami, S Shah, A Pandit, JS Roth, and JP Fisher. Porous EH and EH-PEG Scaffolds as Gene Delivery Vehicles to Skeletal Muscle. Pharmaceutical Research. 28: 1306-1316 (2011). (PubMed)
  • K Kim, D Dean, A Lu, AG Mikos, and JP Fisher. Early Osteogenic Signal Expression of Rat Bone Marrow Stromal Cells is Influenced by Both Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticle Content and Initial Cell Seeding Density in Biodegradable Nanocomposite Scaffolds. Acta Biomaterialia. 7: 1249-1264 (2011). (PubMed)
  • AB Yeatts and JP Fisher. Tubular Perfusion System for the Long Term Dynamic Culture of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells. Tissue Engineering Part C, Methods. 17: 337-348 (2011). (PubMed)
  • AB Yeatts and JP Fisher. Bone Tissue Engineering Bioreactors: Dynamic Culture and the Influence of Shear Stress. Bone. 48: 171–181 (2011). (PubMed)
  • CW Chen, MW Betz, JP Fisher, A Paek, and Y Chen. Macroporous Hydrogel Scaffolds and Their Characterization By Optical Coherence Tomography. Tissue Engineering Part C, Methods. 17:101-112 (2011). (PubMed)
  • MW Betz, JF Caccamese, DP Coletti, JJ Sauk, and JP Fisher. Challenges Associated with Orbital Floor Bone Regeneration. Tissue Engineering Part B, Reviews. 16: 541-550 (2010). (PubMed)
  • EE Coates and JP Fisher. Phenotypic Variations in Chondrocyte Subpopulations and Their Response to In Vitro Culture and External Stimuli. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 38: 3371-3380 (2010). (PubMed)
  • K Kim, A Yeatts, D Dean, and JP Fisher. Stereolithographic Bone Scaffold Design Parameters: Osteogenic Differentiation and Signal Expression. Tissue Engineering Part B, Reviews. 16: 523-539 (2010). (PubMed)
  • MW Betz, AB Yeatts, WJ Richbourg, JF Caccamese, DP Coletti, EE Falco, and JP Fisher. Macroporous Hydrogels Upregulate Osteogenic Signal Expression and Promote Bone Regeneration. Biomacromolecules. 11: 1160-1168 (2010). (PubMed)

Maryland Engineers Recognized with UMD Faculty Honors

Six Clark School faculty members are among the university's 2024 convocation honorees.

UMD Bioengineering Ascends to #12 in Public Graduate School Rankings

BIOE earns its highest national ranking yet among bioengineering and biomedical engineering graduate programs.

Katharina Maisel Promoted to Associate Professor

BIOE faculty member Dr. Katharina Maisel will be promoted to Associate Professor on July 1.

BIOE Students Showcase Award-Winning Innovation at Capstone Expo

Bioengineering students presented 20 innovative designs to solve today’s biggest challenges in healthcare.

Goldberg Receives Provost’s Professional Track Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching

Goldberg is recognized for her student-centric teaching practices and real-world connections to coursework.

A Ventilation Coach for Opioid Overdose Bystanders Takes Top Prize at Inaugural Capstone Design Expo

More than 500 Clark School Seniors Showcase Engineering Solutions to Real-World Problems

BIOE Ph.D. Student Elected to BMES Board of Directors

Amal Shabazz elected Student Representative to the BMES Board of Directors.

Four BIOE Terps Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Two seniors and two alumni were selected for this prestigious fellowship.

Bill Bentley Awarded AIMBE's Professional Impact Award in Mentoring

Bentley was nominated for this award by AIMBE Fellow and Fischell Department of Bioengineering Chair (BIOE) John Fisher

Catherine K. Kuo Named President-Elect of TERMIS Americas Chapter

Kuo is a long-time member of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society.

Fisher Honored as Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering

BIOE Chair John Fisher was honored with the designation of Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering.

BIOE Welcomes Five New Advisory Board Members

The Fischell Department of Bioengineering welcomes five new Advisory Board members in 2023.

John P. Fisher Elected Chair of the Council of Chairs

Fisher has been elected Chair of the Council of Chairs, a council of 158 biomedical engineering and bioengineering department chairs across the country.

UMD Advances to #8 in Public Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Programs

The BIOE undergraduate program rises in national ranks, now #8 among public programs.

John P. Fisher Elected to BMES Board of Directors

BIOE Department Chair John P. Fisher is elected to the BMES Board of Directors beginning this fall.

BIOE Faculty Members Duncan and Huang Promoted

BIOE congratulates faculty Gregg Duncan and Huang Chiao Huang on their promotions to Associate Professors.

Erika Moore Receives NSF CAREER Award

Incoming BIOE faculty member Erika Moore receives prestigious NSF CAREER Award for immune system research.

BIOE Student Researchers Receive 2023 SFB Awards

Student researchers Blake Kuzemchak and Erfan Jabari received awards at the 2023 SFB Annual Meeting and Exposition.

24 Teams Present at BIOE Capstone Competition Including First BCE Students

On May 8, 2023, 24 teams presented novel designs at the BIOE Capstone Design Competition.

Five BIOE Students & Alumni Named NSF Graduate Research Fellows

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) was established to ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States.

Recent Bioengineering Graduate Awarded National Mitchell Scholarship

Neelesh Mupparapu (B.S. bioengineering '22) named one of 12 winners to pursue graduate study in Ireland

Maryland Engineering’s John Fisher Appointed MPower Professor

BIOE chair one of six UMCP/UMB professors to receive University of Maryland Strategic Partnership appointment.

UMD Bioengineering Advances in Rankings

BIOE's unmatched undergraduate student experience contributes to No. 9 ranking among public universities.

Dr. Stroka, Erfan Jabari Receive Winston Family Honors

UMD Honors College recognizes BIOE faculty member, student.

BIOE Capstone Competition Highlights 24 Novel Projects

The Bioengineering Senior Capstone Design competition returned to in-person on Monday, May 2.

Olympus Discovery Center Inaugurated at UMD

New advanced microscopy facility fosters bioscience discovery.

Inaugural UMD Neuro-Link Grant Supports Glioblastoma Research

Funding pathway promotes high-impact collaborations between UMB's neurosurgery and UMCP's bioengineering.

UMD Bioengineers Take New Approach to Engineering Heart Tissue

Professor Shawn He and a team of researchers aim to improve how cardiac muscle tissue is engineered.

Congratulations, Fall 2021 BIOE Graduates!

The Fischell Department of Bioengineering congratulates our most recent graduates.

Maryland Engineering's Chris Jewell Appointed MPower Professor

Bioengineering professor one of eight UMD/UMB professors to receive UMD Strategic Partnership appointment.

Kuo Named Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine

Bioengineering associate professor will begin appointment Jan. 1, 2022.

Three Engineers Among 2021-2022 Distinguished Scholar-Teachers

Abshire, Fisher and Hu honored for outstanding success in scholarly accomplishment and excellence in teaching.

Celebrating 14 Participants of 2021 BIOE REU Program

The BIOE REU program promotes collaboration between UMD and the FDA, making it unlike any other in the country

Fisher, FDA Aim to Advance Safety of Cardiac Medical Devices

BIOE chair, FDA collaborators are conducting regulatory research into emerging cardiac electrophysiology medical device technologies.

Clyne, Ma, Stroka Promoted

The three BIOE faculty are promoted to Professor, Senior Lecturer, and Associate Professor, respectively.

BIOE Capstone Projects Focus on Medical Devices, AI, and More

BIOE seniors present 23 novel Capstone projects live via Gatherly.

Patsy Granted NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Marisa Patsy is a BIOE senior, and is headed to Duke University for her Ph.D. this fall. 

White Honored With BIOE Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award

Dr. Ian White is an Associate Professor in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering.

Waging War on Metastatic Cancer

BIOE Professor Xiaoming He and his research team take a new approach to understand why cancers spread.

UMD Awarded $4.6 Million Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center

Funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, the new center aims to improve rehabilitation options for patients with neurological disorders.

Study Links Placental Stiffness and Preeclampsia

Potential new biomarker could enable earlier, more definitive diagnosis of preeclampsia in expectant mothers

Fisher Elected IAMBE Fellow

BIOE chair named to the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering

UMD Launches Biocomputational Engineering Degree Program

New undergraduate degree merges biology, data science, and computer programming

Clyne Named BIOE Associate Chair, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Role will support efforts to enhance diversity within the department and in the STEM fields at large.

BIOE Capstone Class Virtually Presents 24 Novel Projects

BIOE seniors present Capstone projects and celebrate winners virtually.

BIOE Ranked among Top 30 by U.S. News & World Report

The Fischell Department of Bioengineering ranks among the top 30 U.S. bioengineering programs.

Improve the Outcome: Vascular Liver Tissue

Creating vascular organ tissue in a lab could open new doors to drug testing, disease modelling, and organ transplants.

Fisher to Receive 2020 Society for Biomaterials Award

BIOE Chair recognized for contributions to biomaterials literature.

4D Bioprinting Smart Constructs for the Heart

Researchers investigate new 4D printing techniques to control stem cell cardiomyogenesis.

BIOE Seniors Receive ILS Honors Program Awards

Jules Allbritton-King and Connor Hall received awards from the Integrated Life Sciences Honors program.

BIOE, UMB to Host October Symposium

A. James Clark School of Engineering researchers are invited to submit abstracts by Sept. 10th.

Jay Promoted to Associate Professor

BIOE's Dr. Steven Jay has been promoted to associate professor.

Herold Announces Retirement

Keith Herold announces his retirement after 32 years at the Clark School of Engineering.

BIOE Capstone Class Presents 20 Novel Projects

Student projects include novel pediatric medical devices, a hemofiltration system, and a tracheostomy device.

BIOE Recognizes Undergraduate Awards Recipients

Annual honors given for outstanding academics, service.

3D-printed Tissues May Keep Athletes in Action

CECT bioengineers lead effort to print scaffolds to heal bone and cartilage.

Clyne, Jewell Inducted into AIMBE College of Fellows

BIOE faculty awarded one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical/biological engineer.

UMD Bioengineering Student Named Churchill Scholar

Eric Wang receives prestigious scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge.

CECT Acquires Six-Axis 3D Bioprinter

CECT acquired an advanced bioprinter designed for tissue fabrication and 3D printing.

Fischell Department of Bioengineering Launches REU Program

NSF-funded summer program invites undergrads to explore new approaches to engineering cells, tissues, organs.

CECT Hosts 3D Bioprinting Workshop at the University of Maryland

The CECT's 3D Bioprinting Workshop took place at the University of Maryland and was a success.

BIOE Recognizes Undergraduate Award Recipients

Annual honors given for outstanding academics, service.

UMD Welcomes East China University of Science and Technology 

ECUST Vice President Changsheng Liu Visits College Park

Fisher Named Tissue Engineering Co-Editor-in-Chief

BIOE chair to serve as co-EIC of preeminent biomedical journal advancing the field of tissue engineering.

Fisher Receives TERMIS-AM Senior Scientist Award

Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine – Americas honors BIOE chair.

University of Maryland Dedicates A. James Clark Hall

Clark Hall transforms region's biotech corridor.

Jewell Promoted to Associate Professor

Dr. Christopher Jewell named associate professor with tenure, effective July 1.

Fisher, Bracaglia Weigh in on the Future of Regenerative Medicine

BIOE chair and postdoc featured in June 20th edition of On the Record.

BIOE Capstone 2017: Projects Focus on Pediatric Care, Physical Therapy, Pulmonary Tumors, and More

BIOE hosted it's largest-ever Capstone Design competition on May 10th, 2017.

BIOE Student Wins Prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

Lisa Tostanoski recognized for biomaterials-based strategies to combat multiple sclerosis

University of Maryland to Lead NIH-Funded Center for Engineering Complex Tissues

UMD to Collaborate with Rice University, Wake Forest to Advance 3-D Printing Applications for Regenerative Medicine

Bentley Named Distinguished University Professor

Fischell Dept. of Bioengineering founding chair recognized with university's highest academic honor conferred upon faculty.

Fisher Named Biomedical Engineering Society Fellow

Election to 2016 BMES Class of Fellows marks milestone for Fischell Department of Bioengineering.

White Named University of Maryland 2016 Faculty Advisor of the Year

BIOE associate chair and director of undergraduate studies honored during 21st Annual Undergraduate Studies Advising Conference.

BioE Capstone 2016: New Projects Focus on Improved Healthcare for Underserved Communities, Pediatric Patients, and More

Affordable RT-PCR for clinical diagnostics, fear mitigation device for pediatric MRIs tie for first place.

First 3D Bioprinted Placenta Model for Study of Preeclampsia Created

Scientists are the first to create a 3D bioprinted placenta model and use it to study preeclampsia, a life-threatening pregnancy complication.

Fisher Lab Researchers Examine Novel Method for 3-D Printing of Biodegradable Vascular Grafts

BioE researchers’ findings published in Advancing Healthcare Materials.

Fisher Named Chair of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering

Dr. John P. Fisher to succeed Dr. William E. Bentley as department chair, effective Jan. 4, 2016.

Fisher Leads Overseas Project to Develop New Class of Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine

Fischell Family Distinguished Professor Named Fulbright Scholar

Novel Imaging Technique Paves Way for Advancements in Bone Tissue Engineering

BioE Associate Professor Yu Chen receives $1.29M NIH R01 grant to develop system to quantitatively image 3D cell behavior.

BioE Capstone 2015: New Projects Focus on Sensorineural Hearing Loss, Injury Rehabilitation, and More

Neonatal acoustic protection device takes first place in annual design competition.

BioE Researcher Wins Invention of the Year – Life Science Award

BioE Research Assistant Professor Javier Atencia-Fernandez recognized for food safety innovation.

Chip Used to Separate Bacteria from Food Samples Wins Professor Venture Fair

BioE Assistant Professor Javier Atencia Named Professor Venture Fair Winner

BMES-UMD Ice Bucket Challenge Raises Funds for ALS, Mentorship Program

The University of Maryland Biomedical Engineering Society hosted its first Ice Bucket Challenge on Oct. 16.

Bracaglia, Melchiorri Awarded American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowships

BioE Ph.D. students awarded two-year AHA fellowships.

BioE Capstone 2014: New Projects Focus on Cardiological Health, Surgical Tools and More

Students' inventions range from diagnostic devices to accident prevention products.

Clark School Faculty Recognized at Celebration of Innovation and Partnerships

Clark School researchers sweep three categories for 2013 Invention of the Year

BioE Researchers Win Invention of the Year – Life Science Award

BioE Professor John Fisher and 2011 Fischell Fellow Anthony Melchiorri

Innovative material leads to better 3D-printed artificial blood vessels

One of Ten UMD Invention of the Year Finalists

Fisher to Discuss Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials at Smithsonian Institution

“Going to Extremes: The Protective Powers of High-Tech Materials”

3D-Printed Heart Implant Wins Professor Venture Fair

Polymer grafts can be custom-fitted, promote tissue growth.

BioE Holds 7th Fischell Festival (VIDEO)

Annual event highlights engineering's increasing role in medicine.

BioE Capstone 2013: New Products Focus on Diagnostics, Physical Therapy and More

Students' inventions address needs ranging from home care to ICU.

Filling the Gaps: Making Better Bone Regeneration a Reality

Nguyen receives NSF graduate research fellowship for efforts to make bone grafts more successful.

Fisher Co-Edits Book on Tissue Engineering

Tissue Engineering: Principles and Practices available from CRC Press.

4 BioE Grad Students Win UMD Distinguished TA Awards

Ferlin, Ganesan, Lin and Manthe recognized by Center for Teaching Excellence.

Wang Wins Wylie, Graduate All-STAR Fellowships

Awards support grad student's work in tissue engineering.

Thompson Named 1 of 6 UMD Undergraduate Researchers of the Year

BioE senior recognized for work in tissue engineering.

Rappaport Wins HHMI Fellowship

Award supports senior’s efforts to develop treatments for rare genetic disorders.

Drug Delivery System Wins Professor Venture Fair

Muro, Ghaffarian honored at UMD Bioscience Research Day.

Fisher Featured in Science Careers

Professor one of several profiled in story about careers in biomaterials research.

Merrill Presidential Scholars Honored

Three Clark School students and their college and high school mentors recognized.

Ferlin Elected Communications Officer of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society

Grad student will serve in American Student and Young Investigator Section.

Fisher Promoted

Faculty member elevated to rank of full professor.

Yeatts Takes 2nd in Dean's Doctoral Research Award Competition

Grad student recognized for work in bone regeneration.

Dean's Doctoral Student Research Awards Announced

Research on digital multimedia forensics, tissue engineering, rotorcraft brownout recognized.

Award Supports Development of Safer Batteries for Biomedical Devices

Sophomore Mian Khalid wins prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowship for work with Kofinas Group.

2011-2012 BioE Undergraduate Awards

Exceptional students recognized by the Department, Clark School, and professional societies.

Watch: BioE Freshman Stars in Integrated Life Sciences Video

Julie Etheridge profiled by Honors College program.

Thompson to Study in Australia

HHMI award will support biomedical research at the University of Sydney.

New Imaging Technique Covers Middle Ground Between Microscopy and Macroscopy

Chao-Wei Chen takes 3rd at photonics conference for presentation on non-invasive 3D imaging of stem cells.

Fisher Elected Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

Professor recognized for contributions to field of tissue engineering.

$1.35 Million to Fisher Lab for Development of Bone Regeneration Technology

Implanted tissue will receive better blood supply and stronger support during healing process.

Thompson Wins Outstanding ASPIRE Student Research Award

Student recognized for work on skeletal muscle regenration.

2010-2011 BioE Undergraduate Awards

Exceptional students recognized by the Department, Clark School, and professional societies.

A Better Way to Heal Broken Bones

Yeatts and Fisher's bioreactor work on cover of Tissue Engineering C.

BioE, FDA Offer Summer Research Experiences for Undergrads

New partnership expands program, places students in federal labs.

Fisher Bioreactor Wins Professor Venture Fair

Bone tissue engineering technology takes top prize.

Clark School Meets Hollywood

Faculty, students appear on Science Channel, ABC, Discovery.com.

Fisher, Betz Featured on Discovery.com

Professor, grad student highlight tissue engineering.

Shirmohammadi Named Associate Dean of Ag School

New appointment effective August 1.

Fischell Festival Video Now Online

See seminars, lectures, surgery, design projects, and more!

Bone Regeneration Research Receives 5-Year NIH Funding

Fisher, Xu explore regeneration of dental tissues.

Fisher Named John and Maureen Hendricks Energy Research Fellow

Fellowship benefits Great Expectations campaign.

Fisher Speaks at Maryland Stem Cell Symposium

Presents work on treatment of traumatic facial injuries.

Fisher Receives Engalitcheff Research Funding

Distinction given by Arthritis Foundation to honor outstanding research.

Lin Wins Golden Key Scholarship

BioE junior recognized for his work in the Fisher Group.

Fisher Promoted

Becomes Associate Professor with tenure effective August 23.

Fisher Named Reviews Co-Editor for Expanding Journal

Professor joins editorial team of Tissue Engineering, Part B

Fisher On Page 1

Stem cell funding story makes front page of The Diamondback.

Fisher Receives Stem Cell Funds

Research on regenerating human facial bones garners only College Park award.

Fisher Named Outstanding Graduate Alumnus

Alma mater Rice University recognizes achievements.

Fisher Named Reviews Editor for Tissue Engineering

Journal is the leading publication in its field.

Fisher Edits Two Works on Tissue Engineering

Work includes conference compilation, biomedical engineering handbook.

Clark School Researchers Are Top Inventors

Engineers were on every winning invention team at UM awards.