Todd Squires received a B.S. and B.A. from UCLA in 1995, his Certificate of Advanced Studies in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics as a Churchill Scholar at Cambridge University, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2002. He worked as a Lee A. Dubridge Prize Postdoctoral Scholar in Physics and NSF Mathematical Sciences Fellow in Applied & Computational Math at Caltech from 2002–2005, and has been an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, since 2005. In 2008, he was recognized as an Outstanding Referee for the Physical Review journals.
Some of the most ingenious ideas for designing microfluidic systems come from observing plants and animals. A study that quantifies the protein-driven helical flow of liquid in large plant cells, for instance, may well inspire micron-scale liquid mixers and sensors.