BME Graduate Faculty Status
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
B.S. Engineering Services (Mechanical Engineering), Harvard University
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.