Dr. Michael Jewett is an Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute at Northwestern University. He received his PhD in 2005 at Stanford University. After completing postdoctoral studies as an NSF International Research Fellow at the Center for Microbial Biotechnology in Denmark and as an NIH Pathway to Independence Fellow at the Harvard Medical School, he joined Northwestern in 2009. Focusing on cell-free biology, his research balances fundamental science with a strong emphasis on technology development. He invented a high yielding and cost-effective cell-free platform that is now used for the production of personalized medicines and, more recently, has developed a novel technology for constructing ribosomes that promises to accelerate the evolution of synthetic biomolecular machines (e.g., ribosomes) making natural and unnatural biopolymers and enable the development of synthetic self-replicating systems.