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Jewell, Christopher

Jewell, Christopher

Minta Martin Professor of Engineering
Associate Chair
Research Biologist, United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Director, BioWorkshop Core Instrumentation Facility
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
5110 A. James Clark Hall


Christopher M. Jewell is the Minta Martin Professor of Engineering and the Associate Chair for Research in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland. Dr. Jewell is also the Director of the BioWorkshop core instrumentation facility and a Research Biologist with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Jewell’s research integrates immunology and biomaterials to decipher the interactions between synthetic materials and immune tissues. His lab also uses these unique expertise to improve therapeutic vaccines for cancer and autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes. Dr. Jewell is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Some of Dr. Jewell’s others honors include selection as a Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovator, receipt of the NSF CAREER Award, appointment as an Associate Scientific Advisor for Science Translational Medicine, receipt of the NSEF Young Investigator Award and Owens Corning Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and selection as the University of Maryland’s Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year. Chris was also honored as the state of Maryland’s Outstanding Young Engineer by the Maryland Academy of Science, the state’s highest honor for an engineer under 36. Dr. Jewell graduated from Lehigh University in 2003 with high honors, earning dual degrees in Chemical Engineering and Molecular Biology. He received his PhD in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, working with Professor David Lynn. Chris then joined the Boston Consulting Group in New York City, where he worked in R&D strategy with global pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Jewell carried out his postdoctoral training as a Ragon Institute Fellow working with Dr. Darrell Irvine at MIT and as a Visiting Scientist at Harvard with Dr. Dan Barouch in the division of Vaccine Research. 



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



  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) awarded by White House (2019)
  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) (2019) 
  • NSEF Young Investigator Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2018)
  • Owens Corning Early Career Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers - MSED (2018)
  • University of Maryland Clark School Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award (2018)
  • NanoResearch journal Young Innovator in NanoBiotech (2018)
  • University of Maryland Research Communicator Impact Award (2018)
  • Selected as Associate Scientific Advisor for Science Translational Medicine (2017/2018)
  • Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering journal 2017 Editor Choice Award (2017)
  • University of Maryland Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award (2017)
  • Acta Biomaterialia Outstanding Reviewer Award (2017)
  • Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis Education Grant (2017)
  • Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering journal Young Innovator (2016)
  • Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering Young Innovator (2016)
  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Fischell Department of Bioengineering (2015)
  • Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovator Award (2015-2018)
  • 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 Maryland'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)
  • 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)
  • Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Havard Postdoctoral Fellowship (2009-2011)
  • The Boston Consulting Group Social Impact Fellow–New Zealand conservation work (2008)
  • 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)


Dr. Jewell’s research integrates immunology and biomaterials to decipher the interactions between synthetic materials and immune tissues. His lab also uses these unique expertise to improve therapeutic vaccines for cancer and autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes. 

Keywords: vaccine, biomaterials, immunology, nanotechnology, immunotherapy, polymers, lipids, drug carriers, autoimmunity, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, scaffolds, controlled release, cancer, melanoma, polyelectrolyte multilayers, microneedles

Find a complete list of Dr. Jewell's publications on his Google Scholar Page

BIOE Capstone Class Virtually Presents 24 Novel Projects

BIOE seniors present Capstone projects and celebrate winners virtually.

Eppler Named Dr. Edna O. Hokenson Endowed Fellow

Haleigh Eppler is a fourth-year Biological Sciences Ph.D. student and a member of Christopher Jewell's lab.

Jewell Named Presidential Early Career Award Recipient

BIOE associate professor and associate chair recognized for immune engineering research and STEM outreach.

Jewell Lab Awarded Two NIH R01 Bioengineering Research Grants

BIOE Associate Professor Christopher Jewell now backed by four active NIH R01 grants.

Four BIOE Ph.D. Students Awarded NIH Fellowships

Students recognized for research in vaccine design, surgical sealants, pulmonary diseases, and multiple sclerosis. 

Four BIOE Students Named NSF Graduate Research Fellows

Students recognized for research in immunoengineering, regenerative medicine, and more.

Clyne, Jewell Inducted into AIMBE College of Fellows

BIOE faculty awarded one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical/biological engineer.

Jewell Named AIChE 2018 NSEF Young Investigator, Owens Corning Recipient

BIOE associate professor recognized for research at interface of immunology and engineering.

UMD Researchers Point to Future of Engineered Immune Tissues

Jewell Lab review article featured as Nature Materials cover story.

Three BIOE Professors Awarded NIH R01s in as Many Months

Drs. Jewell, Scarcelli, and Jay were awarded a collective total of $5.4 million in NIH R01 funding this spring.

Jewell Promoted to Associate Professor

Dr. Christopher Jewell named associate professor with tenure, effective July 1.

Gray Wins Dr. Mabel S. Spencer Award for Graduate Achievement

BIOE Ph.D. student recognized for efforts to develop therapies for diseases of the central nervous system.

BIOE Researchers Develop New Technologies to Drive Next-Generation Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis

Jewell Lab members use quantum dots to define density of self-antigen display.

BIOE Researcher Works to Advance MS, Autoimmune Disease Research

Ph.D. student Lisa Tostanoski recognized with Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

Jewell Named Science Translational Medicine Associate Scientific Advisor

BIOE Assistant Professor Christopher Jewell to publish seven Editors’ Choice articles in AAAS journal.

UMD, VA Maryland Health Care System Collaborate on MS Research

BIOE assistant professor Chris Jewell leads effort to use nanotechnology to treat MS.

Jewell Lab Teams up with Veterans Affairs to Advance Multiple Sclerosis Research

BIOE, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and others collaborate in the name of human health innovation.

UMD Bioengineers Work to Reprogram Lymph Node Function to Fight Multiple Sclerosis

Jewell Research Lab Publishes Findings in Cell Reports Journal

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.

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.

Jewell Lab Makes Strides in Multiple Sclerosis Research

Fischell Department of Bioengineering researchers awarded $599,000 grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Andorko Awarded AAPS Graduate Student Fellowship

BioE graduate student recognized for cutting-edge vaccine and drug delivery research.

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.

Invention of the Year Finalist: Intra-Lymph Node Cancer Vaccination Delivery

Jewell develops potent and selective vaccine delivery technique targeting cancer and autoimmune diseases

UMD To Celebrate Innovations and Partnerships April 29

Nine nominees for Invention of the Year to be recognized at annual event

Jewell Named ACGT Research Grant Recipient

BioE assistant professor receives prestigious $250,000 Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy grant.

Jewell Named 2015 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovator

BioE Assistant Professor Chris Jewell recognized for revolutionary cancer vaccine strategy.

UMD Clark School Highlights Disaster Resilience at Mpact Week

Five-day event focused on role of engineers in disaster prevention, mitigation, and response.

BioE Capstone 2014: New Projects Focus on Cardiological Health, Surgical Tools and More

Students' inventions range from diagnostic devices to accident prevention products.

UMD Researcher Helps Arm the Immune System to Fight Cancer

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation supports Jewell's cancer vaccine research.

Five Clark School Faculty Earn NSF CAREER Awards

Mi, Stoliarov, Liu, Rotkowitz, and Jewell awarded 5-year research grants from the National Science Foundation.

BioE's Chris Jewell Named Outstanding Young Engineer

Md. Science Center honors expert in controlling immune system response.

Karlsson Joins ChBE Faculty

Professor seeks to improve diagnosis and treatment of fungal diseases in immunocompromised patients.

Jewell Joins Bioengineering Faculty

Professor seeks new treatments for type 1 diabetes, other autoimmune diseases.