Tommy Angelini, Associate editor
University of Florida, USA
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 biomolecular self-assembly. During his postdoc at Harvard University, he moved into the field of cell mechanics, studying collective cell motion in monolayers. There, he also worked on bacterial biofilm growth and spreading, focusing on 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 self-assembly and collective motion in 2D and 3D cell populations, hydrogel lubrication, and 3D soft matter manufacturing. In 2014, Dr. Angelini received the NSF CAREER award to study the stability and dynamics of tissue cell assemblies embedded in jammed microgels. In July, 2015 he was granted tenure at the University of Florida.