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Jewell, Christopher

Jewell, Christopher

Minta Martin Professor of Engineering
Research Biologist, United States Department of Veterans Affairs
MPower Professor, MPowering the State
Fischell Institute Fellow
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices
5110 A. James Clark Hall


Christopher M. Jewell is MPower Professor and Minta Martin Professor of Engineering in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, and a Research Biologist with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. He is an elected Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), the Controlled Release Society (CRS), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT). Dr. Jewell was previously appointed as the Miegunyah Distinguished Fellow at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity at the University of Melbourne (Australia). He has also served as the Associate Chair for Research and the Director of the BioWorkshop Core Instrumentation Facility at the University of Maryland. Dr. Jewell graduated from Lehigh University with high honors in 2003 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.S. in Molecular Biology. He attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, completing his PhD in Chemical Engineering with Professor David Lynn in 2008. Chris then joined the Boston Consulting Group in New York City as a consultant in the Healthcare practice, where his work focused on R&D strategy development for global pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. In 2009, Dr. Jewell accepted a postdoctoral fellowship from the Ragon Institute to begin vaccine research at MIT with Professor Darrell Irvine in the departments of Materials Science and Biological Engineering. Dr. Jewell held a concurrent appointment as a Visiting Scientist in the Division of Vaccine Research at Harvard. In August 2012, Chris established his lab at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on understanding the interactions between synthetic materials and lymph nodes, and exploiting these interactions for therapeutic vaccination. He is also currently Associate Editor for Nature Publishing's Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Jewell's work has been funded by more than $22M, resulting in more than 120 papers and patent filings, including papers in ACS NanoBiomaterialsCell ReportsNature MaterialsPNASNature, Nature Biotechnology, Trends in Immunology, and others. These efforts have been recognized by awards for research and education, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) awarded by the White House. Dr. Jewell also previous served as an Associate Scientific Adviser for Science Translational Medicine, and has received the NSF CAREER Award, the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award, the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy Young Investigator Award, the Melanoma Research Alliance Young Investigator Award, the University of Maryland Research and Scholar Award, and the University of Maryland's 2017 Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year.  Dr. Jewell has received the Outstanding Lectureship in Drug Delivery (2020) from the Materials Research Society (MRS), and the NSEF Young Investigator Award (2018) and Owens Corning Early Career Award (2018) from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He also received the University of Maryland's Research Communicator Impact Award (2018) and Clark School of Engineering's Outstanding Research Award (2018).  Dr. Jewell leads the lab's outreach efforts, working with more than 500 area high school students to promote STEM research exposure, building community awareness about STEM opportunities in the cancer field, and fundraising for local and national charities. Chris was previously the recipient of a Society for Biomaterials STAR Award, an American Association of Immunologists Trainee Award, and the Controlled Release Society T. Nagai Postdoctoral Achievement Award. In 2012, Dr. Jewell appeared in USA Today representing the Chemical Engineering discipline as a “New Face of Engineering” during National Engineers Week. Chris was also selected in 2013 as the state of Maryland’s Outstanding Young Engineer by the Maryland Academy of Science, the state’s highest professional honor awarded to an engineer under 36.


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



  • Fellow, Controlled Release Society (2022)
  • Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society (2021)
  • Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Peter Doherty Inst. for Infection & Immunity (2021)
  • Outstanding Lectureship Award in Drug Delivery, Materials Research Soc. Nationanl Meeting (2020)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) awarded by White House (2019)
  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) (2019) 
  • Fellow, Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT) (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

Fischell Institute's Black History Month Spotlight: Corinne Martin

Corinne Martin is a senior bioengineering student in Fischell Institute Fellow, BIOE, MPower, and Minta Martin Professor Chris Jewell’s lab.

24 Teams Present at BIOE Capstone Competition Including First BCE Students

On May 8, 2023, 24 teams presented novel designs at the BIOE Capstone Design Competition.

Two UMD Bioengineering Majors Named 2023 Goldwater Scholars

UMD’s 49 scholarships in the past 15 years rank No. 1 in the nation.

Cancer in the Crosshairs

UMD bioengineers aim to shape the future of cancer vaccine technology by tuning the body’s immune response.

Maryland Engineering’s John Fisher Appointed MPower Professor

BIOE chair one of six UMCP/UMB professors to receive University of Maryland Strategic Partnership appointment.

Jewell Named Associate Editor of Regenerative Medicine

Bioengineering Professor named to Nature Portfolio Journal editorial board.

Jewell Leads Team in Advancing Multiple Sclerosis Research

Bioengineering professor awarded $2.8 million NIH R01 grant for advanced autoimmune therapies.

Jewell Named Controlled Release Society Fellow

BIOE Professor recognized for outstanding contributions to the field of delivery science and technology.

Maryland Engineering's Chris Jewell Appointed MPower Professor

Bioengineering professor one of eight UMD/UMB professors to receive UMD Strategic Partnership appointment.

Jewell Named BMES Fellow

BIOE Minta Martin Professor of Engineering Chris Jewell was named to the 2021 BMES Class of Fellows.

Jewell Lab Explores Techniques to Tailor MS Therapy Design

Prof. Chris Jewell and his lab are investigating how the biophysical properties of nanomaterials used in immunotherapies shape treatment outcomes.

UMD-Led Research Could Point to New Targets for MS Treatments

Findings show that a novel immunotherapy strategy might one day be used to treat multiple sclerosis patients without leaving them immunocompromised.

Jewell Named 2021 Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne

BIOE professor will collaborate on vaccine technologies at Peter Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity 

New MS Treatment Approach Taps Skin’s Immune Cells

BIOE postdoc Robert “Smitty” Oakes awarded $600K Veterans Affairs grant for multiple sclerosis research

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.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)