Chelsey S. Simmons, PhD

Simmons_headshot2013 Chelsey S. Simmons, PhD
Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering

Affiliate Faculty, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering

Courtesy Appointment, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine


TEL: 352.392.0961
FAX: 352.392.7303



Dr. Simmons joined the University of Florida Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty in the Fall of 2013, following a visiting research position at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. She is the Director of the Biomimetic Actuators and Integrated Technologies (GatorBAIT) Lab, where researchers develop microsystems to mimic bodily functions in a dish. She also serves on the advisory board of a company based on one of her pending patents. Dr. Simmons is a Gainesville native, and enjoys Gator sports, tennis, and triathlon training.




BS Harvard University Engineering Sciences (Mechanical Engineering)
MS Stanford University Mechanical Engineering
PhD Stanford University Mechanical Engineering

Academic/Research Interests:

Dr. Simmons’ overarching research interests lie in improving the relevance of in vitro systems for clinical applications. Dr. Simmons has developed a novel tool to assess contractility of stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes in culture, enabling a wide range of translational investigations. The GatorBAIT Lab has also developed cell culture systems that mimic cardiovascular tissues in vitro. Specifically, myocardium-like constructs can be made out of co-cultured cells from a variety of sources and mechanically stimulated in high-throughput bioreactors. Dr. Simmons and her team welcome collaborations with clinical and basic science researchers, and the GatorBAIT Lab is always recruiting fun, creative, and hard-working students and postdocs.

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