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Jewell, Christopher

Jewell, Christopher
Associate Professor
Associate Chair for Research
5110 A. James Clark Hall
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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 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)
  • Associate Scientific Advisor for Science Translational Medicine (2017-2018)
  • Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis Education Grant (2017)
  • Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering journal Young Innovator (2016)
  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Fischell Department of Bioengineering (2015)
  • Melanoma Research Alliance Young Investigator Award, award period 2015-2018 (2015)
  • Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy Young Investigator, award period 2015-2018 (2015)
  • Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovator, award period 2015-2019 (2015)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, award period 2014-2019 (2014)
  • Selected as the state’s Outstanding Young Engineer by Maryland Academy of Science (2014)
  • University of Maryland Research and Scholarship Award (2013)
  • 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)
  • Society for Biomaterials STAR award (2011)
  • Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard Postdoctoral Fellowship (2009-2011)
  • The Boston Consulting Group Social Impact Fellow – New Zealand conservation work (2008)
  • Merck & Co., Inc. Engineering and Technology Fellowship (2001-2002)
  • Lehigh University Dean’s Scholarship (1999-2003)

Selected Publications 

Related News 

Jewell Named AIChE 2018 NSEF Young Investigator, Owens Corning Recipient
BIOE associate professor recognized for research at interface of immunology and engineering. August 21, 2018

BIOE Capstone 2018: Projects Focus on Point of Care Diagnostics, Sickle Cell Disease, Neonatal Care, and More
Diagnostic device for chronic cough takes first place. June 15, 2018

UMD Researchers Point to Future of Engineered Immune Tissues
Jewell Lab review article featured as Nature Materials cover story. May 23, 2018

Jewell Lab Research Featured as Transplantation Cover Story
BIOE researchers use quantum dots to to aid design of specific and effective therapies for MS. May 8, 2018

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. April 23, 2018

Jewell Awarded $1.4 Million NIH Grant for Novel Multiple Sclerosis Research
BIOE professor works to advance study of immunology. April 20, 2018

Jewell Promoted to Associate Professor
Dr. Christopher Jewell named associate professor with tenure, effective July 1. July 11, 2017

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. June 14, 2017

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. June 12, 2017

BIOE Researchers Host 4th Annual Symposium featuring High School Bioscience Students
Jewell’s Program to Enhance Participation in Research Celebrates Growth June 2, 2017

BIOE Capstone 2017: Projects Focus on Pediatric Care, Physical Therapy, Pulmonary Tumors, and More
BIOE hosted it's largest-ever Capstone Design competition on May 10th, 2017. May 17, 2017

BIOE Researcher Works to Advance MS, Autoimmune Disease Research
Ph.D. student Lisa Tostanoski recognized with Lemelson-MIT Student Prize May 8, 2017

BIOE Student Wins Prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
Lisa Tostanoski recognized for biomaterials-based strategies to combat multiple sclerosis April 19, 2017

Jewell Named Science Translational Medicine Associate Scientific Advisor
BIOE Assistant Professor Christopher Jewell to publish seven Editors’ Choice articles in AAAS journal. March 1, 2017

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. November 29, 2016

Jewell Lab Takes on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Million Mile Challenge
BIOE researchers rally support for month-long campaign to raise money, awareness for pediatric cancer research. November 1, 2016

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