Christopher Fischer

Christopher Fischer
  • Professor
  • Chair
  • Department of Physics & Astronomy

Contact Info

1076 Malott Hall


2021-present: Professor, University of Kansas

2010-2021: Associate Professor, University of Kansas

2004-2010: Assistant Professor, University of Kansas

2002-2004: NIH Postdoctoral Fellow

2000-2002: Postdoctoral Research Associate


Ph.D. in Applied Physics, University of Michigan, 2000
M.S. in Applied Physics, University of Michigan, 1998
AB in Physics, Washington University, 1994
Magna Cum Laude


My general research interests include both the kinetics and the thermodynamics of protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interactions as well as the development and implementation of new biophysical methodologies and techniques for the study of these phenomena. The specific research focus of my group is trying to understand the interactions between the ISW2 enzyme, a member of the ISWI family of chromatin remodeling proteins, and eukaryotic DNA. We are developing a quantitative physical description of the mechanism by which this molecular motor utilizes the chemical potential energy it gains from ATP binding and hydrolysis to perform the mechanical work of regulating chromatin structure.

Selected Publications