Current Status: GRAD
Graduate Department: Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis
Other Degrees: A.B. Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University;
Advisor(s): Jacques Galipeau, MD;
Hometown: Boston, MA
Chris Lewis is originally from the south of Boston, and is a graduate student in the Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis Program. He is a member of the Galipeau lab, in the Department of Hematology & Oncology at the Winship Cancer Center. His research focuses on mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), a multipotent population of cells that can be derived from umbilical cord, fat or bone marrow tissues. MSCs are powerfully immunosuppressive, and are being explored in the treatment of several autoimmune syndromes. However, they may also be able to induce tolerance in transplant recipients, and thereby prevent graft versus host disease. Chris is interested in understanding MSC cellular biology, and using them to regulate immune-mediated disease.
Chris graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and a secondary field in Romance Languages and Literatures. As an undergraduate, he studied cell biology of M. tuberculosis and synthesized novel antivirals for H5N1 influenza. For two years, he worked in Immunology at Children's Hospital Boston, studying mouse models of smallpox, atopic dermatitis and food allergy.
His undergraduate Romance language studies focused on Catalan, Spanish, and Portuguese. In college, he spent a summer working for CatSalut, the universal healthcare system of Barcelona and Catalunya. Since his time in Spain, Chris has enjoyed learning about publichealth during travels in Latin America. As an Emory student, he has visited both Cuba and Puerto Rico for academic research projects.
In his tiempo libre, he volunteers at medical clinics, working with Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking patients from Atlanta and beyond. He co-founded Emory’s first "Teddy Bear Hospital", which visits local elementary schools to teach kindergarten classes about nutrition, safety, and preventive health.
Cell-based immunotherapy, autoimmune disease, and transplantation.
Leadership in MD/PhD Program: Student Association member