The Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics (CADMIM) is a public-private NSF center that helps companies address technical challenges via scalable lab-on-a-chip technology. Through productive, meaningful partnerships between universities and industry, we develop microscale tools and technologies aimed at simpler, faster, and cheaper analytical solutions addressing human health, agriculture, and the environment. Join us and realize key benefits regarding first access to cutting-edge lab-on-a-chip research, recruiting, and relationship building.

Next CADMIM Industrial Advisory Board meeting will be held September 9 – 10, 2020 at University of Illinois at Chicago. Save the date!

This short video, produced by UIDP and featuring CADMIM, presents an overview of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) program and how these unique centers operate, contribute to the nation’s research infrastructure base, facilitate technology transfer, and enhance the intellectual capacity of the science and engineering workforce through the integration of research and education.


“Our CADMIM membership is pivotal in building a network with world leading experts in microfluidics. CADMIM enabled us to conduct research projects at the transition from basic research to industrial application expanding our capabilities far beyond internal expertise. Combined with the focus on manufacturability the center offers a unique set of expertise and opportunities.”
– Dr. Frank Narz, Director R&D Scientific Applications, QIAGEN GmbH

“CADMIM offers a unique blend of university research from leading researchers in the field supported by leading providers of microfluidic manufacture and development. For the industrial members of CADMIM, who are interested in new product opportunities, this means novel IP is quickly reduced to practice for real world applications.”
– Dr. Leanna Levine, Founder, President and CEO, ALine, Inc.

“With tight research budgets, CADMIM offers an opportunity to leverage industrial investments. We’ve been able to guide world-class research in microfluidics toward challenges in technology development that are barriers to transition. Working in partnership with other members of the industrial advisory board has also brought valuable insight to our programs.”
– Dr. Laura Rea, Program Manager, Soft Matter Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory


Successful Spring 2020 IAB Meeting in Irvine, CA
Many thanks to everyone who came to the February 26 – 27, 2020 Spring Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting at UC Irvine. We were happy to have great weather, innovative research proposals, stimulating conversations, and new relationships forged! For the 2020 – 2021 term Sylvia Soehner, Project Manager Marker Service Research and Development at KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA, will serve as IAB Chair, and Bob Cobene, Senior Project Engineer at Corning, Inc. will serve as IAB Vice-Chair. For more photos from this event, see here: Spring 2020 IAB meeting, poster session, lab tour photos 

Abe Lee Named UCI Faculty Innovation Fellow
UC Irvine (UCI) Beall Applied Innovation recently hosted an awards reception recognizing the first cohort of Faculty Innovation Fellows. This program was established to acknowledge UCI faculty members who have a record of translating their society-impacting research as well as to make them ambassadors for UCI’s innovation culture. Congratulations to CADMIM Director, Dr. Abe Lee, who was named a Faculty Innovation Fellow along with sixteen other UCI faculty! See article here: http://innovation.uci.edu/2020/02/uci-beall-applied-innovation-launches-first-fellowship-program/

CADMIM Faculty Capture Major Grants

Recent Publications by CADMIM Faculty

UIC Graduate Student Interns at KWS via NSF INTERN Program
Zhehao Zhang in Ian Papautsky’s group at the University of Illinois at Chicago is currently an intern at KWS SAAT SE (CADMIM IAB member). The goal of this internship is to conduct field tests of the sensor being developed through CADMIM project Y5-005: “Electrochemical Sensors for Plant Nutrition.” As part of this internship, Zhehao has made several extended trips to the KWS headquarters site in Einbeck, Germany to test the sensors in the KWS experiment fields and greenhouses. Zhehao was funded through the NSF INTERN program, which provides funds for internships for graduate students to support career development and opportunities. Funds are also included for the PI (Ian Papautsky) to visit KWS as well. Photo shows Dr. Papautsky in one of the test fields with Dr. Sylvia Soehner (CADMIM IAB Chair).

4 Undergraduate Students Receive NSF REU Awards
Two Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) supplements were awarded to the University of California, Irvine in December 2019. Jessica Cheng (in Elliot Hui’s lab) will be working on a project entitled “Morphogen Gradient under Microfluidic Channels.” Freddie Adame (in Michelle Digman’s lab) will be contributing to “Y6-004: Compound Screening of Cell-Cell Pairing” and other CADMIM projects involving fluorescent lifetime imaging microscropy. Two REU supplements were also awarded to the University of Illinois at Chicago in April 2020. Aimee Padilla is working on a project entitled “Micropatterned co-cultures of stem cell-derived atrial cardiomyocytes and fibroblasts,” while Tommy Puttrich is contributing to a project entitled “3-dimensional liver microtissues for modeling fatty liver disease.” Both students are in Salman Khetani’s lab. Congratulations to all! 

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