Dr. Fischer’s research focuses on biomechanics and human motion analysis with the goal of finding biomedical applications and interventions to correct ambulatory mechanics. She earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering: Biomechanics and Biorobotics from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. During a postdoc at Stanford’s BioMotion Lab, Dr. Fischer led a team that designed and developed wearable technology to reduce pain and enhance muscle function by activating the somatosensory system in an at-risk population (Osteoarthritis, ACL and meniscus injuries).
Upon her return to the Technion, Dr. Fischer joined the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering. She heads the Laboratory for Translational Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Wearable Biomedical Devices. Her team of electrical, biomedical, mechanical engineering, biology and neuroscience experts, plus a physiotherapist, will collaborate with hospitals, sports organizations, and military and veteran populations. Using imaging (MRI novel mapping techniques) and gait analyses on soldiers and young athletes who have sustained soft tissue injuries, and are at risk for developing musculoskeletal disorders, the lab team explores the complex nature of joint pathologies such as osteoarthritis, then develops and implements sensor technologies and smart wearable devices to improve joint rehabilitation and prevent joint and muscular pathologies. They are particularly interested in using machine learning algorithms on large datasets to develop predictive models for the early detection and prevention of such pathologies.