Michael J. Cima




Prof. Cima is author or co-author of over two hundred peer-reviewed scientific publications and forty-five patents, and is a recognized expert in the field of materials processing. Prof. Cima is actively involved in materials and engineered systems aimed at improving human health such as treatments for cancer, metabolic diseases, trauma, and urological disorders. Prof. Cima's research includes advanced forming technologies for complex macro and micro devices, such as colloid science, MEMS and other micro components for medical devices that are used for drug delivery and diagnostics, as well as high-throughput development methods for formulations of materials and pharmaceutical formulations. He is a coinventor of MIT's three-dimensional printing process. His research has led to the development of chemically derived epitaxial oxide films for HTSC coated conductors. He and collaborators are developing implantable MEMS devices for unprecedented control in the delivery of pharmaceuticals and implantable diagnostic systems.

Selected Publications

Brown, K. A., Vassiliou, C. C., Issadore, D., Berezovsky, J., Cima, M. J. & Westervelt, R. M., “Scaling of transverse nuclear magnetic relaxation due to magnetic nanoparticle aggregation.” Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 322, 3122–3126 (2010).

Elman, N. M., Daniel, K., Jalali-Yazdi, F. & Cima, M. J. “Super permeable nano-channel membranes defined with laser interferometric lithography”. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics 8, 557–563 (2010).

Lee, H. & Cima, M. J. “An intravesical device for the sustained delivery of lidocaine to the bladder”. Journal of Controlled Release (2010).

Ling, Y., Vassiliou, C. C. & Cima, M. J. “Magnetic relaxation-based platform for multiplexed assays”. Analyst 135, 2360–2364 (2010).

Tobias, I. S., Lee, H., Engelmayr, G. C., Macaya, D. ,Bettinger, C. J.& Cima, M. J. “Zero-order controlled release of ciprofloxacin-HCl from a reservoir-based, bioresorbable and elastomeric device”. Journal of Controlled Release 146, 356–362 (2010).

Scott, A. W., Tyler, B. M., Masi, B. C., Upadhyay, U. M., Patta, Y. R., Grossman, R., Basaldella, L., Langer, R. S., Brem, H. & Cima, M. J., “Intracranial microcapsule drug delivery device for the treatment of an experimental gliosarcoma model”. Biomaterials 32 (10), pp. 2532–2539 (2011)

Ling, Y., Pong, T., Vassiliou, C.C., Huang, P.L., Cima, M.J., “Implantable magnetic relaxation sensors measure cumulative exposure to cardiac biomarkers.” Nature Biotechnology (in press) (2011).

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This spring, MIT launched an online learning collaboration, edX, that will allow anyone, anywhere with an internet connection to take classes aimed at a college audience, for personal or profession
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