The Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics (CADMIM) is a public-private consortium that facilitates productive, meaningful partnerships between universities and industry. Our mission is to develop microscale tools and technologies aimed at simpler, faster, and cheaper analytical solutions addressing human health, agriculture, and the environment. Join our National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) and realize key benefits regarding first access to cutting-edge lab-on-a-chip research, recruiting, and relationship building.

Phase 2 Kick-off and Spring Industrial Advisory Board Meeting = February 27 – 28, 2019 at the University of California, Irvine.  
On-line registration here: https://secure.touchnet.net/C21570_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=195&SINGLESTORE=true
Meeting agenda here: http://www.inrf.uci.edu/cadmim/iabmeeting/agenda/
Travel information & logistics here: http://www.inrf.uci.edu/cadmim/iabmeeting/logistics/

This short video, produced by UIDP and featuring CADMIM, presents an overview of the NSF 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


Jie Xu Named 2018 Researcher of the Year
The University of Illinois at Chicago Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Office of Technology Management named Dr. Jie Xu, Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and CADMIM faculty, the 2018 UIC Researcher and Scholar of the Year. He received the “Rising Star” award in the Natural Sciences and Engineering category.This award recognizes early career UIC researchers who have demonstrated outstanding promise to become future leaders in their field. Jie was officially recognized at a ceremony on Feb. 6, 2019. Congratulations! See here for more information: https://today.uic.edu/2018-researcher-of-the-year-jie-xu

Congratulations Recent PhD Graduates from UCI and UIC
Congratulations to David Li in CADMIM faculty member Dr. Elliot Hui’s group! Not only is he the lead UCI student on Y5-007: “High-content Screening Platform for Multicellular Systems,” but he also successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Mechanical and Chemical Methods for Patterning Cells,” at the end of August 2018. Dr. Li is currently a post-doc in the Hui Lab.

Congratulations as well to Theodore Christoforidis in CADMIM faculty member Dr. David Eddington’s group who graduated with a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago at the end of October 2018. The title of his dissertation is “Microfluidic Devices for Control of Gaseous Environments.” Dr. Christoforidis is now a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota in the laboratory of Dr. Kate Adamala. Right photo shows Dr. Christoforidis (center) after a celebration lunch with colleagues from the Eddington lab. 

Dr. Abraham Lee Named Fellow of the NAI
Dr. Abe Lee, CADMIM Director, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). It’s the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in originating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have had a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Congratulations! Abe will be inducted at the Space Center Houston in April at the eighth annual meeting of the academy. For more details: http://engineering.uci.edu/news/2018/12/lee-named-fellow-national-academy-inventors

Ian Papautsky Receives Funding for Cancer Studies
Ian Papautsky, CADMIM Co-Director, along with collaborator Dr. Alicia Hulbert, Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Illinois Cancer Center, are the recipients of a new grant entitled “Applied microfluidics for lung cancer liquid biopsy.” This award is provided by the Translational Oncology Program at the University of Illinois Cancer Center. This project will run January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. Total funds = $125,000 direct cost. Congratulations to the team! For a complete list of grantees:  https://cancer.uillinois.edu/ui-cancer-center-names-pilot-grant-award-winners/?mc_cid=e6dfea1fd9&mc_eid=0df42438eb.For more information about this program: https://cancer.uillinois.edu/research/research-programs/

CADMIM at IEEE EMBS in Kauai, Hawaii
IEEE EMBS Micro and Nanotechnology in Medicine Conference was held December 10 – 14, 2018 in Kauai, Hawaii. Dr. Elliot Hui was a conference co-chair and several other CADMIM faculty were invited speakers (Abe Lee, David Eddington, Michelle Khine). In addition, IAB members GNF and Genentech attended and judged the posters. This was a very successful meeting, as many prominent researchers in the microfluidics field from all over the world attended. Several posters from CADMIM labs and IAB members were also presented. Conference website: https://mnm.embs.org/2018/


UIC Student Interns at Beckman Coulter via NSF INTERN Program
Mr. Alireza Ahmadian-Yazdi, PhD candidate at University of Illinois at Chicago in the laboratory of Dr. Jie Xu, will intern at Beckman Coulter (CADMIM IAB member) at the head office in Brea, California. Starting January 2019 and continuing over the following 5 months, Ali will be assisting the Global Innovation Team in seeking out new applications, markets, and innovative technologies that will guide the company in the development of next generation solutions. Ali is funded through the NSF INTERN program, which provides funds for internships for graduate students to support career development and opportunities. Congratulations Ali! For more information about the NSF INTERN program: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17091/nsf17091.jsp


Abe Lee Receives POP Grant
The Proof-of-Product (POP) program at UCI supports projects in the early stages to effectively partner with industry to translate into commercially viable products. Abe Lee, CADMIM Center Director, has received a grant from this program. Project title is “High Efficiency Cell‐Bead Encapsulation Platform for Droplet‐based Genomic Screening,” based on work funded through CADMIM project Y3-002 “Droplet-based Single Cell Assays – from Phenotype to Genotype.” Congratulations! This is Cycle 4 for POP grants – Cycle 3 grantees include CADMIM faculty Michelle Khine and Michelle Digman, who presented their findings at the POP Grants Award Showcase November 14, 2018. Ning Ma, PhD Candidate, presented on behalf of the Digman group, describing new imaging technique to assess the developmental potential of embryos for IVF. Michelle Khine presented a wearable sensor that provides continuous respiratory monitoring for patients with asthma. For more information about the POP grant program at UCI: http://innovation.uci.edu/programs/pop-grants/


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