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Interim Co-Chair and Professor, Dept. of Basic Medical Sciences, Director, Gross Anatomy Laboratory
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  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: John Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2002 – 2004.
  • PhD:Yale University, 2002.


  • Lafmejani AS, Doroudchi A, Farivarnejad H, He X, Aukes D, Peet M, Marvi H, Fisher RE, Berman S. Kinematic modeling and trajectory tracking control of an octopus-inspired continuum robot. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters; 2020 April; 5(2): 3460-3467; 10.1109/LRA.2020.2976328.
  • Bagheri H, Hu A, Cummings S, Roy C, Casleton R, Wan A, Erjavic N, Berman S, Peet MM, Aukes DM, He X, Pratt SC, Fisher RE, Marvi H; New insights into the control and function of octopus suckers. Advanced Intelligent Systems; 2020 January; https://doi.org/10.1002/aisy.201900154.
  • Tollis M, Hutchins ED, Stapley J, Rupp SM, Eckalbar WL, Maayan I, Lasku E, Infante CR, Dennis SR, Robertson JA, May CM, Crusoe MR, Bermingham E, DeNardo DF, Hsieh ST, Kulathinal RJ, McMillan WO, Menke DB, Pratt SC, Rawls JA, Sanjur O, Wilson-Rawls J, Wilson Sayres MA, Fisher RE, Kusumi K. Comparative genomics reveals accelerated evolution in conserved pathways during the diversification of anole lizards. Genome Biology Evolution; 2018 February; 10(2):489-506.
  • Tokuyama MA, Xu C, Fisher RE, Rawls JW, Kusumi K, Newbern J; Developmental and adult-specific processes contribute to de novo neuromuscular regeneration in the lizard tail. Developmental Biology; 2018 January; 433(2): 287-296.
  • Ercoli MD, Alvarez A, Busker F, Morales MM, Julik E, Smith HF, Adrian B, Barton M, Bhagavatula K, Poole M, Shahsavan M, Wechsler R, Fisher RE. Myology of the head, neck and thoracic region of the lesser grison (Galictis cuja) in comparison with the red panda (Ailurus fulgens) and other carnivorans: phylogenetic and functional implications. Journal of Mammalian Evolution; 2017 September; 24 (3):289–322.

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Research Interests

Anatomy, evolution, medical education

Research Summary

Dr. Fisher studies the functional anatomy and evolution of the musculoskeletal system in vertebrates and cephalopods. She has analyzed the musculoskeletal anatomy of a diverse array of species, including artiodactyls, carnivorans and lizards. She is currently studying the anatomy and neuromuscular control of octopus arms as part of a project funded by the Office of Naval Research.