Vincent J. Tocco Jr. - Faculty

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Vincent Tocco

Instructional Assistant Professor
Work Office: 332 Black Hall 1128 Center Drive Gainesville FL 32611 Work Phone: (352) 294-1290 Website: VJ Tocco, Ph.D.

Research Summary

Dr. Vincent Tocco, Jr., is a recent graduate of the UF Chemical Engineering Ph.D. program. His passion for teaching and mentoring led him to excel as a teaching assistant, and mentor to undergraduates, high school students, and teachers in research, and to develop a one-semester weekly seminar aimed at new Ph.D. students. He was twice recognized with the Ray W. Fahien Graduate Teaching Award.


Ph.D., 2018, Chemical Engineering, University of Florida
B.S.E., 2012, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

Research Areas

Engineering Education
Active Learning
Teamwork Dynamics
Graduate Student Research Methods
Life-long Learning
Material and Energy Balances

Awards & Distinctions

  • Ray Fahien Award of Outstanding Teaching Assistant (University of Florida Department of Chemical Engineering, fall 2015 and spring 2016)

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Tocco VJ, Neelam S, Zhang Q, Dickinson RB, and Lele TP (2017) “Nuclear forcing in the living cell” Methods in Molecular Biology, Article accepted and in press
  • Tocco VJ, Li Y, Christopher K, Matthews JH, Aggarwal V, Paschall L, Luesch H, Licht JD, Dickinson RB, and Lele TP (2017) “The nucleus is irreversibly shaped by motion of cell boundaries in cancer and non-cancer cells” J. Cell Physiol. JCP spotlight article
  • Valdez P, Tocco VJ, and Savage P. (2014) “A General Kinetic Model for the Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Microalgae”, Bioresource Technology

Peer Reviewed Conference proceedings

  • Vincent J Tocco, Kevin E Buettner, Madeline Sciullo, Jennifer S Curtis, and Jason E Butler, “Peer-Led Research Methods Workshop for First-Year Ph.D Students” American Society of Engineering Education Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT 2018