Itzhak Fischer is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine (formerly the Medical College of Pennsylvania) and Codirector of the Spinal Cord Research Center. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California Irvine and served on the faculty of the Department of Neurology (Neuroscience) of Harvard Medical School before moving to the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Pa, USA. His research program is designed to promote regeneration and recovery of function after spinal cord injury by identifying the best strategies for cellular transplantation, to apply gene therapy methods for delivery of therapeutic genes into the injured spinal cord, and to utilize multifunctional scaffolds to facilitate therapy. His laboratory is currently studying the efficacy of grafting genetically modified cells, multipotential neural stem cells, neural and glial precursors, and bone marrow stromal cells. In particular, his laboratory developed novel transplantation and delivery methods demonstrating the specific steps required for the formation of a functional neuronal relay across the injured spinal cord (Journal of Neuroscience, 2011). Dr. Fischer has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers, served on various study section and editorial boards, trained many graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, and has been funded by numerous federal, state, and foundation grants.
Biography Updated on 13 December 2011