THOMAS ANGELINI - UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Dr. Thomas E. Angelini is an associate professor in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. In 2005, Dr. Angelini received his PhD in physics from the University of Illinois, studying self-assembly of proteins, lipids, DNA and viruses, using techniques like small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS), cryo-electron microscopy, and confocal microscopy. During his postdoc at Harvard University, he moved into the field of cell mechanics, studying collective cell migration and force transmission in cell monolayers using time-lapse microscopy and digital image analysis. He also began work on bacterial biofilm growth and spreading, focusing on the forces generated by the biosurfactants and extracellular polysaccharides that bacteria excrete. In 2010, he became an assistant professor at the University of Florida, where he works on cell-assembly and collective motion in 2D and 3D cell populations, 3D bioprinting and soft matter manufacturing, and lubrication of soft interfaces. In 2014, Dr. Angelini received the NSF CAREER award to study the stability and dynamics of tissue cell assemblies embedded in yield stress materials. In July, 2015 he was granted tenure at the University of Florida.