Jennifer Lewis

Jennifer Lewis

  • Hansjorg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering
  • Jianming Yu Professor of Arts and Sciences

Profile

Jennifer A. Lewis is the Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Jianming Yu Professor of Arts and Sciences. She is also a Core Faculty Member and co-Lead of the 3D Organs Initiative at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard.

She earned a Sc.D. in Ceramic Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has received numerous distinctions, including the 2017 Lush Science Prize, the Materials Research Society Medal, the Friedburg, Sosman, and Brunauer Awards from the American Ceramic Society, and the Langmuir Lecture Award from the American Chemical Society.

Jennifer has made pioneering contributions to the directed assembly of soft functional, structural and biological materials. Her work integrates materials science, additive manufacturing, bioengineering, and soft matter physics to design and assemble synthetic and living materials with controlled composition, architecture, and properties across multiple length scales (~100 nm - 1 mm). Specifically, her team and their collaborators have created new classes of printed electronics, soft robotics, shape-morphing matter, and vascularized organ-specific tissues. 

Additionally, she has been actively engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and outreach for nearly three decades and has recently co-founded two companies that are commercialling advances from her lab.

Contact Information

Office:Pierce 221
Email:jalewis@seas.harvard.edu
Office Phone:(617) 496-0233
Lab Name:Lewis Research Group
Lab Location:B148 North West Building
Assistant:Michelle V. Costa
Assistant Office:Pierce 225
Assistant Phone:(617) 496-2795

Primary Teaching Area

Positions & Employment

1/1/2013  Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University; Core Faculty Member, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
7/2007 – 9/30/12  Director, Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (MRL)
2006 – 7/2007  Interim Director, Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory
Fall 2005  Associate Director, Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory
2003 – 2012  Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Institute Affiliate at the Beckman Institute for Advance Science and Technology, and Faculty Affiliate, Department of Chemical Engineering. (Appointed as Hans Thurnauer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in Fall 2004.)
2001-2012  IRG Thrust Leader, NSF NSEC on Directed Assembly of Nanostructures (jointly funded center between RPI and Illinois – PI R. Seigel)
1997 – 2002  Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Institute Affiliate at the Beckman Institute for Advance Science and Technology, and Faculty Affiliate, Department of Chemical Engineering.
Fall 1997  Visiting Professor, University of California at Santa Barbara (sabbatical leave)
Summer 1996  Visiting Scientist, Schlumberger Cambridge Research, Cambridge, England
12/1990 –1997  Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Research Professor at the Beckman Institute for Advance Science and Technology.
1986 –1990  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Research Assistant (Ceramics Processing Research Laboratory). Thesis Advisor: Prof. Michael J. Cima.
1986  University of Leeds, Leeds, England; Department of Ceramic Engineering, Summer Intern
1985-1986  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Ceramic Engineering, Undergraduate Research Assistant (Fall and Spring)
1984, 1985  Summer Research Scholar, General Motors, Flint, MI.

Other Experience & Professional Membership

Jennifer is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also a member of the Society of Rheology, the American Chemical Society, the Association for Women in Science, and Sigma Xi. She serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Advanced Functional Materials and Soft Matter.

Honors

MRS Medal, Materials Research Society (2012)
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2012)
Fellow, Materials Research Society (2011)
Langmuir Lecture Award, American Chemical Society (2009)
Fellow, American Physical Society (2007)
Fellow, American Ceramic Society (2005)
Brunauer Award, American Ceramic Society (2003)
NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow Award (1994)
NSF Research Initiation Award (1992)

Patents Awarded

Jennifer A. Lewis holds nine patents:

1. S. Morissette, J. Cesarano III, J. Lewis, D. Dimos, “Solid freeform fabrication using chemically reactive
suspensions.” US-Patent 6,454,972. September 24, 2002.
2. J.A. Lewis, G.H. Kirby, J. Cheung, A. Jeknavorian, “Controlled Dispersion of Colloidal Suspension by
Comb Polymers”, US-Patent 7,053,125. May 30, 2006.
3. G. Gratson and J.A. Lewis, "Directed Assembly of Three-Dimensional Structures with Micron-Scale
Features," US-Patent 7,141,617. November 28, 2006 and Great Britain-Patent GB2418918, July 9, 2008.
4. G. Gratson and J.A. Lewis, "Directed Assembly of Three-Dimensional Structures with Micron-Scale
Features," US-Patent 7,790,061. September 7, 2010.
5. D. Therriault, J.A. Lewis, and S.R. White, “Microcapillary Networks” US-Patent 7,799,251 B2. September
21, 2010.
6. B.Y. Ahn, E.B. Duoss, J.A. Lewis, "Metallic Nanoparticle Inks", US-Patent 7,922,939. April 12, 2011.
7. J.A. Lewis, E.B. Duoss, M. Twardowski, "Sol-Gel Inks," US-Patent 7,956,102. June 7, 2011.
8. Q. Li, R. Rao, and J.A. Lewis “Biphasic Inks” (file October 2008, notification of issue February 2012).