College of Science

Honors College senior to research vaccines in Sweden


An Honors College senior majoring in microbiology and genetics received the American Scandinavian Fellowship and will conduct research in Sweden for a year before enrolling at the John Hopkins School of Medicine.

Harrison “Chris” Moss will receive $19,100 for post-baccalaureate research at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. He will research alternative vaccines for the fatal childhood disease known as Whooping Cough. 

Student in front of wall wearing glasses, fellowship recipient
Chris Moss, Fellowship Recipient

Moss is Clemson’s first recipient of the American Scandinavian Fellowship, according to Robyn Curtis, director of the Office of Major Fellowships.

“Chris was very interested in pursuing this research opportunity and was diligent in identifying multiple fellowship opportunities to get to Sweden,” Curtis said. “I am absolutely delighted he has received this prestigious recognition and will be able to carry out this project before he begins his graduate studies.”

The Foundation has awarded more than 4,000 fellowships and grants to Americans and Scandinavians engaged in study, research or creative arts projects during the past 100 years. 

Clemson Research Experience

While at Clemson, Moss has split his time between the labs of Matthew Turnbull, associate professor, and Lesly Temesvari, alumni distinguished professor, in the Biological Sciences Department. 

“Our faculty are exceptional at preparing the next generation of leading scientists such as Chris Moss,” said Saara DeWalt, chair of the College of Science’s Department of Biological Sciences. “We congratulate Chris and his mentors, Drs. Matthew Turnbull and Lesly Temesvari, for this significant honor. We look forward to following Chris as he advances his research during his year in Sweden and beyond.”

Post Fellowship Plans

This spring Moss was admitted to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to pursue a Ph.D. in Immunology following graduation. Johns Hopkins accepted his request to defer admission until after the fellowship period.

“At this point my career and research interests are pretty broad because there is so much cool Immunology-related work going on, but I hope to one day run my own research lab and work at the interface of academia and biotech/pharma.”

Chris Moss

Moss received Honorable Mention for the 2021 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a highly competitive grant aimed at building future scientific and engineering leaders.

He’s also a 2020 recipient of the Astronaut Scholarship, which seeks to recognize the brightest and most talented college students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Students interested in nationally competitive programs should contact the Office of Major Fellowships at 864-656-9704 or

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