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CHE alumnus Chris Jewell wins top cancer research award

Dr. Chris Jewell (BS, CHE, class of 2003, double major in molecular biology and Chemical Engineering) has been named a 2015 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovator (one of six recipients), which recognizes early career scientists whose projects have the potential to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.

The prestigious award given by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation carries a flexible two-year grant of $300,000 and an opportunity for up to two additional years of funding, for a total of $600,000.

As a Damon Runyon scientist, Jewell joins an elite class of researchers, which, since the foundation's establishment in 1946, has grown to include 12 Nobel Laureates and visionaries behind some of the most important discoveries in cancer research.

An alumnus of Lehigh University, Chris graduated in 2003 with high honors, receiving 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. Following his graduate studies, Chris 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 leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. In the fall of 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 Engineering and Biological Engineering. Dr. Jewell held a concurrent appointment as a Visiting Scientist at Harvard.

Chris has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed papers and patent filings. These efforts have been recognized by a number of awards for research and education, including the NSF CAREER Award. Chris was also 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. Last year Chris was selected 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 the age of 36.

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