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The new face of engineering

Dr. Christopher Jewell ’03 was recently recognized in U.S.A Today in its “New Faces of Engineering” during National Engineers Week, nominated by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Jewell graduated from Lehigh with dual degrees in chemical engineering and molecular biology. He completed his PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008 and is currently a Ragon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working under Professor Darrell Irvine in the departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering. Jewell uses biomaterials and nanotechnology to develop vaccines in biodegradable polymer depots. These can be inserted in the lymph nodes to gradually release the vaccine over time, and could lead to improved treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases.

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