The Fischer Lab focuses on the human musculoskeletal system – a remarkable engineering system that enables movement with natural ease in healthy people, with wonderfully coordinated interaction between bones, muscles, ligaments and joints. Yet its complexity makes it difficult to understand and treat musculoskeletal injuries and diseases. The lab is interested in the fundamental principles that shape how and why we move the way we do and application of technologies to enhance mobility and overall health.
The researchers apply biomechanical principles to human motion and implement wearable sensor systems, with the goal of finding interventions to correct musculoskeletal pathologies and develop new tools and infrastructure for biomedical data integration to drive personalized methods for early detection, intervention, and prevention of movement disorders.
Assistant Prof. Fischer’s research focuses on biomechanics and human motion analysis with the goal of finding biomedical applications and interventions to correct ambulatory mechanics.
Assistant Prof. Fischer earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering: Biomechanics and Biorobotics from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. During a postdoc at Stanford’s BioMotion Lab, she 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 Fischer BioMotion Lab, Biomechanics and Wearable Technology.
Her team of electrical, biomedical, mechanical engineering, biology and neuroscience experts, plus a physiotherapist, collaborates 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.
Her lab is also investigating sports biomechanics using state of the art motion-capture systems. Assistant Prof. Fischer is currently a member of the Israel Olympic Research Committee, and together with coaches and athletes, researches elite athletes’ biomechanics in an effort to describe motion biomechanics, improve performance and reduce injury.
Israel Science Foundation grant
Movesense wearable sensors academic grant
Henri Gutwirth Fund for the Promotion of Research
Technion-Rambam joint research collaboration grant