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Biography

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Itzhak Fischer, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Molecular Neurobiology
E-Mail: ifischer@drexelmed.edu





Research Interests

Our goal is to promote regeneration and recovery of function after spinal cord injury by identifying the best strategies for cellular transplantation and to apply gene therapy methods to introduce therapeutic genes into the injured spinal cord. We are currently studying the efficacy of genetically modified fibroblasts, multipotential neural stem cells, neural and glial precursors, and bone marrow stromal cells.

Education 1970 - B.S. in Chemistry from Israel Institute of Technology; Haifa, Israel
1976 - M.S. in Biology from Israel Institute of Technology; Haifa, Israel
1981 - Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from University of California, Irvine
1983 - M.S. in Computer Science from University of California, Irvine

Positions1983-1986 - Postdoctoral Fellowship; Department of Biological Chemistry, Harvard
1986-1988 - Assistant Biochemist; E.K. Shriver Center; Boston, MA
1989-1991 - Assistant Professor; Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Boston, MA
1991-1995 - Associate Professor; Medical College of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA
1995-1999 - Professor; Medical College of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA
1999-Present - Chair, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy; Drexel University College of Medicine; Philadelphia, PA

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