jamal lewisDr. Jamal Lewis will join the Biomedical Engineering Department at UC Davis as an Assistant Professor this Fall. Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D. degree in 2012, and comes to UC Davis following a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Benjamin Keselowsky in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of Florida. His specialization is biomaterials engineering for immuno‐therapy and tissue/cellular engineering applications. His prior research experiences focused on the synthesis of novel anti‐bacterial coatings for medical devices, and scaffold tissue engineering of mice tendon. In his Ph.D. and postdoctoral study, he developed an immune cell targeting micro-particle vaccine for auto‐immune disease therapy. Dr. Lewis’ expertise in immuno-engineering and biomaterials (especially the use of adaptive biomaterials to regulate immunological responses) complements existing research areas within the department. Furthermore, his unique cross-disciplinary research program in immunology and biomaterials will bring together the laboratories across the campus to synergistically enhance our research goals. Dr. Lewis has excelled in translating his research to clinical settings. His research efforts led to the basis of multiple patents, the formation of a company (OneVax, LLC) and principal investigator ship on several Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants. He is also the recipient of the 2015 BME Innovation and Career Development Award.