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Jewell, Christopher

Jewell, Christopher
Assistant Professor
2212 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building
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News About This Professor

Research Interests 

Vaccine design and immunotherapy, biomaterial interactions with the immune system, autoimmunity, polyelectrolyte multilayers, nanotechnology, polymer and lipid-based drug carriers.


Visiting Scientist, Harvard University, 2010-2011
Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT, 2009-2012
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2008

Honors and Awards 

  • Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering Young Innovator (2016)
  • Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovator Award (2015-2017)
  • Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy Young Investigator (2015-2018)
  • Melanoma Research Alliance Young Investigator (2015-2018)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2014-2019)
  • State of Maryl's Outstanding Young Engineer (2014)
  • Featured in USA TODAY "New Faces of Engineering" during National Engineers Week (2012)
  • American Association of Immunologists Trainee Award (2012)
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at Scientific Interface– Semifinalist (2012)
  • Controlled Release Society T. Nagai Postdoctoral Research Achievement Award (2011)
  • Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard Science Symposium–Best Poster recipient (2011)
  • Society for Biomaterials STAR award (2011)
  • American Chemical Society Postdoc-to-Faculty Program–Invitee and participant (2010)
  • Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Havard Postdoctoral Fellowship (2009-2011)
  • The Boston Consulting Group Social Impact Fellow–New Zealand conservation work (2008)
  • National Institutes of Health Graduate Student Research Festival–Invitee and presenter (2007)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship–Honorable Mention (2004)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers Senior Engineering Prizze, Lehigh University (2003)
  • Merck & Co., Inc. Engineering and Technology Fellowship (2001-2002)
  • Lehigh University Dean's Scholarship (1999-2003)

Selected Publications 

Related News 

UMD Bioengineers Work to Reprogram Lymph Node Function to Fight Multiple Sclerosis
Jewell Research Lab Publishes Findings in Cell Reports Journal September 13, 2016

Jay, Jewell Named 2016 Young Innovators of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
BIOE researchers look to advance delivery of therapeutics to treat cancers. August 25, 2016

Jewell Research Lab Explores New Therapies for Treatment of Juvenile Diabetes
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation awards Prof. Jewell $500,000 grant to study vaccine for diabetes. August 2, 2016

BioE Capstone 2016: New Projects Focus on Improved Healthcare for Underserved Communities, Pediatric Patients, and More
Affordable RT-PCR for clinical diagnostics, fear mitigation device for pediatric MRIs tie for first place. June 28, 2016

Arjun Adapa Named 2016 Fulbright Grant Recipient
Senior BioE student to conduct research on Alzheimer's disease in the Netherlands. May 2, 2016

Jewell Lab Makes Strides in Multiple Sclerosis Research
Fischell Department of Bioengineering researchers awarded $599,000 grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. November 17, 2015

BioE Undergrads Celebrate Upcoming 4th Edition of The Catalyst
Department’s first undergraduate research journal highlights student research. September 30, 2015

Andorko Awarded AAPS Graduate Student Fellowship
BioE graduate student recognized for cutting-edge vaccine and drug delivery research. September 21, 2015

Fischell Researchers Develop Innovative Technique to Fine-Tune Vaccines
Members of the Jewell Research Laboratory publish ACS Nano paper on rationally designed vaccines that promote tunable immune responses. June 26, 2015

Fischell Researchers, Wheaton High School Host Second-Annual Symposium to Foster Bioengineering Education
BioE’s Christopher Jewell furthers initiative to expose high school students to new opportunities in bioengineering. June 1, 2015

BioE Capstone 2015: New Projects Focus on Sensorineural Hearing Loss, Injury Rehabilitation, and More
Neonatal acoustic protection device takes first place in annual design competition. May 28, 2015

Invention of the Year Finalist: Intra-Lymph Node Cancer Vaccination Delivery
Jewell develops potent and selective vaccine delivery technique targeting cancer and autoimmune diseases April 1, 2015

UMD To Celebrate Innovations and Partnerships April 29
Nine nominees for Invention of the Year to be recognized at annual event March 23, 2015

Jewell Named ACGT Research Grant Recipient
BioE assistant professor receives prestigious $250,000 Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy grant. March 16, 2015

UMD Clark School Highlights Disaster Resilience at Mpact Week
Five-day event focused on role of engineers in disaster prevention, mitigation, and response. November 26, 2014

2014 Fischell Festival Tackles Key Topics in Biomedical Emergency Response
Keynote Speaker Rear Admiral Stephen Redd (CDC) discusses Ebola treatment, prevention efforts. October 28, 2014

Tostanoski Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Ph.D. student Lisa Tostanoski was recently awarded a $132,000 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. April 14, 2014

Christopher Jewell Receives NSF CAREER Award
Assistant Professor Christopher Jewell Receives NSF CAREER Award for Biomaterial Vaccine Research March 25, 2014

Mukhamedova: HHMI Fellowship Supports System That Could Help Treat MS
BioE junior developing drug delivery system that could help control immune system response. May 8, 2013

Andorko Wins Bioengineering Conference Poster Award
Grad student takes top honors for presentation of "stealthy" drug delivery system. May 2, 2013