About Dr. Simmons

About Dr. Simmons

Chelsey S. Simmons, Ph.D.

As a teenager, I knew I wanted to design and build tools for biomedicine. Deciding on degree programs and ultimately where to start my lab, I looked for an environment where engineering and medicine worked side-by-side. At UF, my team and I work with biologists, physicians, veterinarians, and other engineers to design and build tools with applications in regeneration, cancer, and metabolic disease.

With training in Mechanical Engineering and a love for biomedicine, I have been able to approach age-old biology problems from new angles. By focusing on cellular response to mechanical stimuli (“mechanobiology”), my team has discovered that cells from the African Spiny Mouse defy decades-old assumptions about mammalian fibroblast mechanobiology. Click for details about our work

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Contact Info

css@ufl.edu * (352)392-4365 * PO Box 116250, Gainesville FL 32611

Faculty Appointments


  • Visiting Researcher of Applied Mechanobiology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, 2013
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, minor in Education, Stanford University, 2013
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2010
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences, cum laude, Harvard University, 2006

Professional Awards

  • 2018 NIGMS R35 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award
  • 2017 “Rising Star” Award, Biomedical Engineering Society – Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Section (BMES-CMBE)
  • 2017 Teacher of the Year, University of Florida Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • 2015 New Faces of Engineering Award, American Society for Mechanical Engineers
  • 2013 Stanford Centennial Teaching Assistant Award
  • 2010-13 Stanford University Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence Fellowship
  • 2012 Burroughs Wellcome Foundation Travel Award
  • 2008 Stanford Cardiovascular Institute Smittcamp Fellowship
  • 2006-10 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2006-07 President’s Fellow for Higher Education Administration, Harvard University

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2013 – Present
  • Biomedical Engineering Society, 2010 – Present
    • Communications Committee, CMBE-SIG
  • American Society for Engineering Education, 2009 – Present
    • Founder and President, Stanford Student Chapter