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 13 – 14, 2022 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and online (hybrid).

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 Fall CADMIM IAB Meeting
Many thanks to everyone who attended the Fall 2022 CADMIM IAB meeting! Great to see so many of you in person at the University of Illinois, Chicago and reconnect with those who participated online. Also many thanks to all the students and post-docs who prepared the posters, slide decks, and videos! More photos from this event here: Meeting and Poster Session Photos Sept. 2022.

CADMIM START Summer Internship Program with SCC
This summer, the UC Irvine site of CADMIM hosted 4 undergraduate student interns from Santiago Canyon College (SCC) for 8 weeks through a Skills Training in Advanced Research & Technology (START) supplement from the National Science Foundation. This supplemental funding provides students, faculty, and student/faculty teams from two-year Institutions of Higher Education (2-yr IHEs) with experiential learning opportunities through research internships that involve IUCRC Centers and associated Center research projects. The SCC interns participated in research in the laboratories of Abe Lee (CADMIM Director), Jered Haun (CADMIM Core faculty), and Elliot Hui (CADMIM Core faculty). In addition to research, the interns also participated in career development activities, including visits to local companies and to UCI Beall Applied Innovation.

Congrats to William Houchin, Adam Srouji, Riley Scanlon, and Jovan Tudela from SCC! Also many thanks to Dr. Denise Foley, Biology Dept. Co-Chair at SCC, for helping us put this together.


4 CADMIM Undergrads Receive REU Supplements
Two Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) supplements were awarded to the University of California, Irvine in Fall 2022. Aria Wang (in the laboratory of Dr. Elliot Hui, CADMIM Core Faculty) is working on a project entitled “MiniKASP Microfluidic Platform.” Chibuike Ezenekwe (in the laboratory of Dr. Michelle Digman, also CADMIM Core Faculty) is working on a project entitled “Camera-based Spectral Detection of Dipolar Relaxation in Microfluidic Controlled Gradients.” 

Two additional REU supplements were awarded to the University of Illinois, Chicago in Fall 2022. Rana Abbbed (in the laboratory of Dr. David Eddington, CADMIM Core Faculty) is contributing to “Y8-004: “Reproducible Generation and Passaging of Patient-Derived Cancer Organoids.” Arman Raghian (in the laboratory of Dr. Ian Papautsky, CADMIM Co-Director) is working on a project entitled “Microfluidic Cell Culture for Precision Oncology.”


Abe Lee and Michelle Digman Receive Awards
Congratulations to Dr. Abe Lee,  CADMIM Director! He received the 2022 Samueli School of Engineering Innovator of the Year faculty award this month. This award recognizes the impact of Dr. Lee’s research and entrepreneurial activities, including CADMIM. Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Digman, CADMIM Core faculty, as well! She received the 2022 Samueli School of Engineering faculty award for Faculty Service, presented by Dean Magnus Egerstedt earlier this month. Read article about these: UCI School of Engineering Article

Dr. Lee also was named a fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineers (IAMBE). A total of 16 distinguished international colleagues have been elected as new IAMBE fellows by the general IAMBE membership for 2022. Congratulations Abe! 

CADMIM Ph.D. Graduates
Congratulations to Adam Szmelter (David Eddington’s lab), Marzieh Aliaghaei (Jered Haun’s lab), Yuan Gao (Jie Xu’s lab), and Hua Gao (Ian Papautsky’s lab)! All graduated with PhDs and contributed to various projects at CADMIM.

CADMIM-funded Journal Publications

  • Zhehao Zhang, Ian Papautsky, “Solid contact ion-selective electrodes on printed circuit board with membrane displacement,” Electroanalysis, May 2022. Access paper here: Elelctroanalysis 2022 paper
  • Celine Macaraniag, Qiyue Luan, Jian Zhou, Ian Papautsky, “Microfluidic techniques for isolation, formation, and characterization of circulating tumor cells and clusters,” APL Bioengineering, July 15, 2022. Access paper here: https://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/5.0093806

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