University of Cincinnati Hosts First CADMIM Meeting

UC welcomed members from the University of California, Irvine to the first Cincinnati led meeting for the CADMIM Center.

Abraham Lee, PhD (left), with Ian Papautsky, PhD

Abraham Lee, PhD (left), with Ian Papautsky, PhD

CADMIM is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. The center’s mission is to develop design tools and manufacturing technologies for integrated microfluidics (labs-on-a-chip) targeting cost-effective, quick and easy assessment of the environment, agriculture and human health.

CADMIM builds upon two centers currently in operation, the state-funded Ohio Center for Microfluidic Innovation (OCMI) at the University of Cincinnati (created by the Ohio 3rd Frontier Wright Projects Program) and the DARPA Microfluidic Fundamental Focus Center (MF3) at UC Irvine headed by Dr. Lee.  Ian Papautsky serves as Director of OCMI and has been partnering with Lee and UC Irvine for DARPA MF3 since 2006.

The center’s first University of Cincinnati lead meeting took place on September 11th and 12th in the conference room of the Stratford Heights Pavilion.  Opening remarks by CADMIM Center Directors Ian Papautsky, PhD (UC) and Abraham Lee, PhD (University of California, Irvine) set the tone for a relaxed two days of sharing successes and forecasting future plans for the center. 


Since the center’s open in April of this year, multiple projects have been underway.  UC Irvine and the University of Cincinnati are equal contributors in centers initiatives.

The center aims to advance research and education on the engineering, science and applications of integrated microfluidic design and expandable production through dedicated ongoing industrial collaboration.

CADMIM is working to commercialize lab-on-chip technologies, revolutionizing the medial field.  Lab-on-chip allows for blood sample readings almost anywhere, and only requires a single drop of blood.  This technology gives portability to health assessments and is a more comfortable alternative to patients given the small sample size.

Ian Papautsky further explains, “Our goal is to refine the functions of labs-on-a-chip to create high capacity, self-contained micro-devices that can be manufactured and deployed in a low-cost but widespread approach.”  The center’s advancements made even in its first year have proven significant in its efforts towards commercialization.

The bi-annual meetings give industry partners a chance to hear recent developments and research initiatives taking place at the center.  Cuing in the supporting organizations shows the companies the clear benefit in partnering with CADMIM. 

Some of the center’s current projects include:

“A Parallel, High Speed Microfluidic Droplet Platform for Multiplexed, High Throughput and Scaled-Up Bimolecular Assays”


PI = Abraham P. Lee (UC Irvine), Chong Ahn (U. Cincinnati)

Presenter = Roger Shih (UC Irvine)

“The Microfluidics of On-Skin Technologies”

PIs = Jason Heikenfeld, Gerald Kasting (U. Cincinnati)

Presenter = Zachary Sonner (U. Cincinnati)

“Automated DNA Library Preparation Chip for Next-Generation Sequencing”

PI = Elliot Hui (UC Irvine)

Presenter = Brian Luna (UC Irvine)

“Integration of Blue-tooth and Power with Flexible, Conformal Motion Sensors”

PI = Michelle Khine, Mark Bachman (UC Irvine), Jason Heikenfeld (U. Cincinnati)

Presenter = Jon Pegan (UC Irvine)

The University of Cincinnati and the University of California Irvine look forward to continuing their projects and meeting again back at UC Irvine early next spring.


For more work by CADMIM member Jason Heikenfeld, PhD, check out the latest story on his smartphone sweat sensor.