Omar Fisher

Assistant Professor in Bioengineering

Office Hours

Room 816
Tuesday 3:30-5 pm
Thursday 3:30-5 pm


Dr. Omar Z. Fisher is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Temple University. Before joining Temple, Dr. Fisher was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (2009-2010) and a UNCF-Merck Postdoctoral Fellow (2010-2012) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, jointly mentored by Dr. Robert Langer and Dr. Daniel Anderson. He obtained a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Dr. Nicholas Peppas. His current research is focused on the bottom-up fabrication of biomaterials from poly(phenol) (i.e., macromolecular) building blocks. Naturally occurring polyphenols such as lignin and tannins form supramolecular self-assemblies with other biomacromolecules in ways that may be useful in the design of next generation biomaterials. His research group aims to understand and mimic these interactions by designing bioinspired poly(phenols) with well defined architecture and controllable redox properties.


  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, with Certificate in Cellular and Molecular Imaging for Diagnostics and Therapeutics, University of Texas at Austin, 2008
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University, 2003

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Temple University, September 2012-present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Koch Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, September 2008-August 2012

Recent Publications

  • O. Z. Fisher, B. L. Larson, P. S. Hill, D. Graupner, M. Nguyen-Kim, N. S. Kehr, L. De Cola, R. Langer, and D. G. Anderson "Melanin-like Hydrogels Derived From Gallic Macromers" Advanced Materials 24 (22), 3032-3036 (2012)
  • S. Sant, S. L. Tao, O. Z. Fisher, Q. Xu, N. A. Peppas, A. Khademhosseini, "Microfabrication Technologies for Oral Drug Delivery" Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews 64 (6), 496–507 (2012)
  • S. Selimovic, O. Z. Fisher, A. Khademhosseini, "Research Highlights" Lab on a Chip, 11, 4141-4143 (2011)
  • S. Selimovic, O. Z. Fisher, A. Khademhosseini, "Research Highlights" Lab on a Chip, 11, 3937-3940 (2011)
  • O. Z. Fisher, A. Khademhossieni, R. Langer, N.A. Peppas, “Bio-inspired Materials to Control Stem Cell Fate” Accounts of Chemical Research 43 (3), 419–428 (2010)

Research Interests

  • Biomaterials
  • Hydrogels
  • Nanomedicine
  • Polymer Therapeutics
  • Environmentally Responsive Materials
  • Biomimetic & Bioinspired Materials

Funding Sources

  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering