Chelsey S. Simmons, Ph.D.

Chelsey S. Simmons, Ph.D.
Simmons Mechanobiology Lab

PO Box 116250, MAE-B 222

T: (352) 392-4365
F: (352) 392-7303

Assistant Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
B.S. Engineering Services (Mechanical Engineering), Harvard University

Research Summary:
Dr. Simmons is the Director of the Biomimetic Actuators and Integrated Technologies (GatorBAIT) Lab, where researchers develop microsystems to mimic bodily functions in a dish. Specifically, systems are being developed to recreate the mechanical microenvironment by applying mechanical strain, biochemically tuning substrate stiffness, and creating composite structures for biomimetic tissues-on-a-chip. For example, the GatorBAIT Lab has developed cell culture systems that mimic heart muscle, allowing myocardium-like constructs to be made out of co-cultured cells and mechanically stimulated in high-throughput bioreactors. Prof. Simmons and her team also develop novel image processing tools to compliment their dynamic systems.