Craig A. Simmons, PhD, P.Eng., FCSME

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
U of T Distinguished Professor of Mechanobiology

Research: Cellular mechanobiology; cell, tissue and biomaterial micromechanics; design and application of microdevices that mimic complex physiological environments.

Laboratory: Simmons Lab for Cellular Mechanobiology

Email: | Tel: 416-946-0548 | Office: MC221

Research Areas

  1. Applied Mechanics and Design
  2. Biomedical Engineering


Craig A. Simmons is an Associate Professor and the Canada Research Chair in Mechanobiology at the University of Toronto with cross-appointments to the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, and the Faculty of Dentistry. He received his BSc (Eng) from the University of Guelph (1991), SM from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1994), and PhD from the University of Toronto (2000). He then completed an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan (2000-02) and an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania (2002-04) before returning to the University of Toronto faculty in 2005.

Professor Simmons leads a talented research group in fundamental and applied investigations into the processes by which biomechanical forces regulate tissue regeneration and disease. Using principles of biomechanics, cell and molecular biology, and tissue engineering, his team investigates the mechanobiological factors that cause heart valve disease; seeks strategies to regenerate tissues using stem cells; and creates novel biomedical microdevices.

Professor Simmons is the recipient of the 2006 Ontario Early Researcher Award, the 2009 Early Career Teaching Award in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto, the 2010 McCharles Prize for early career research distinction, and the 2012 McLean Award for recognition as an emerging research leader. He currently serves as Interim Associate Director, Research of the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering and is Director of the NSERC CREATE Program in Program in Microfluidic Applications and Training in Cardiovascular Health (MATCH).