Christopher B. Rodell, PhD

Assistant Professor
School of Biomedical Engineering,
Science and Health Systems
Drexel University

Dr. Christopher B. Rodell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Health and Science Systems at Drexel University. Chris received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tulane University as part of the historic ‘Katrina Class’ of 2009. He went on to conduct his doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania, working on the development and in vivo application of injectable supramolecular hydrogels. Following completion of his PhD, Chris was a postdoctoral scholar with the Center for Systems Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, exploring drug delivery platforms for innate immune activation and their applications toward cancer immunotherapy. To date, Chris has authored more than 35 peer-reviewed publications, 3 patent applications, and is the recipient of a number of awards, including an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship, a Materials Research Society Gold Award, and the Solomon R. Pollack Award for excellence in graduate biomedical engineering research from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award.

Postdoc at Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, 2016-2019
PhD in Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2016
MS in Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University, 2011
BS in Biomedical Engineering & Physics, Tulane University, 2011

Editorial Service
Early Career Editorial Advisory Board: ACS Biomater. Sci. & Engr. (Jan. 2022-Present)
Guest Editor: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews (Ongoing)
Associate Scientific Advisor: Science Translational Medicine (Feb. 2020 – Feb. 2021)

Research Interests
Biomaterials, supramolecular chemistry, and drug delivery. Therapeutic applications including the etiology of disease, organ injury, cardiovascular engineering, immune engineering, and biomedical imaging.

Current Students

  • Shreya Soni
    PhD Student, BME
    BS, Biomedical Engineering; Rutgers University

  • Arielle D'Elia
    PhD Student, BME
    BS, Biomedical Engineering; Rutgers University

  • Kenneth Kim
    PhD Student Rotation, Microbiology & Immunology
    BS, Biological Sciences, Penn State
    MS, Biomed. Sciences, NCI/Hood College

  • Victor Mishin
    BS/MS Student, BIOMED

  • Yagni Shah
    MS Student Rotation, Drug Discovery & Development Program
    BPharm, Maliba Pharmacy College

  • Sylvia Cho
    STAR Scholar, Summer 2021
    Undergraduate Researcher, BIOMED

Lab Alumni

Undergraduate Students

Manthan (Manny) Patel
Undergraduate Student, CBE
Fall 2019 – Fall 2020

Neha Nevasekar
Undergraduate Student, BIOMED
Fall 2019 – Fall 2020

Nathan N. Nazareth
Undergraduate Research Co-op, BIOMED
Fall 2021 – Winter 2022

Master's Students

Jocelyn Kurtz
MS Student, BIOMED
Fall 2019 – Spring 2021
BS, Biomedical Engineering; Worcester Polytechnic Institute

(Abed) Alsasa

MS Student, BME
BS, Biomedical Engineering; University of Rhode Island

Mentored Senior Design Groups

A Hemocompatible Blood Shunt for the Treatment of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome in Neonates

Team Members: Bryan Ferrick, Danika Meldrum, Kristen Shema, and Amber Thomas
Primary Mentor: Dr. Amy Throckmorton

HydroSim: A Computational Model of Controlled Drug Release

Team Members: Samuel Huang, Joshua McGuckin, Amy Tieu, Julianne Wagner
2020 – 2021