Dr. Fischer joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2000. He holds secondary faculty appointments in both the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery as well as in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Early in his career, Dr. Fischer worked at Boeing Commercial Airplanes as a systems engineer and in manufacturing research and development. His current research in with musculoskeletal biomechanics. He has served as an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering and has published over 30 refereed articles.
Dr. Gehrke’s research involves exploring novel uses of hydrogels, controlled drug delivery, and protein-based biomaterials. He is extensive published in these areas. His research has resulted several patents. Dr. Gehrke has unique approach in some of his biomedical research, looking to insects for potential cartilage replacements.