Sonia Wallman

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Job Title: 
Executive Director and Principal Investigator of the NBC2 (NSF ATE Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative) and Biomanufacturing Lead for the c3bc (DOL TAACT Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials)


Sonia Sparks Wallman, Ph.D.


(i) Professional Preparation

  • Skidmore College, B.A. in Biology-Chemistry, 1960
  • University of Maryland, M.S. in Zoology, 1963
  • Harvard University, Ph.D. in Biology, 1967
  • Harvard University and Harvard Medical School, Post-Doctoral Studies in Neurobiology, 1968-1970

(ii) Professional Experience

  • Co-PI and Biomanufacturing Hub Director for the Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials (C3BC), a Round II Department of Labor TAA CCCT Grant, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA, October 2012-presesnt.
  • PI and Executive Director, NBC2 (NSF ATE Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative), Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA, September 2012-present.
  • Executive Director, NSF ATE Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative (NBC2), Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA, September 2009-August 2012.
  • PI and Director, NSF ATE Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative (NBC2), Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth, NH, September 2005-August 2009.
  • Professor of Biotechnology, Great Bay Community College, July 1994-December 2010.
  • Professor of Biology, August 1984-June 1994; Associate Professor of Biology, August 1982-1984.
  • Assistant Professor of Biology, Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH, 1981-1982.
  • Instructor in Cell Biology and Electron Microscopy, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, September 1971-March 1973.
  • Associate in Anatomy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, September 1970-May 1971.
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1968-1970.

(iii) Publications

  • Sonia Wallman 2013 Roundtable Discussion Moderator, Training Technicians to Support the Bioeconomy: Defining the Need; Designing and Implementing innovative Solutions, Special Section on the Biomanufacturing Workforce, Industrial Biotechnology, October 2013
  • ​Sonia Wallman 2012 Chapter 7: Secondary/Postsecondary Programs of Study for Biomanufacturing Technicians in Career Pathways for STEM Technicians, compiled by Dan Hull. 
  • Wallman, Sonia 2011 Protein is Cash: Advanced Technology Education for STEM Career Paths in Biomanufacturing, National Career Pathways Network Connections, Volume 21-7:  11-12.  Online at
  • Wallman, Sonia 2008 New Hampshire focuses on education and training for biomanufacturing.  Life Science Clusters, Summer 2008, page 38.
  • Wallman, Sonia 2006 Northeast Region News. Bio-Link Connection, October, page 4.
  • Wallman, Sonia 2003 Fourth Annual Hands-On Northeast Region Bio-Link Workshop Held at NHCTC’s Biotechnology Education and Training Center, Bio-Link Connection, September, pages 1/3.
  • Wallman, Sonia Sparks 2001 The Eli Lilly Foundation Supports Community College Biomanufacturing Programs.  Bio-Link Connection, December, pages 1/3.
  • Wallman, Sonia Sparks 2001 Web Highlights: The Technician’s HomePage, Bio-Link Connection, December, page 7.
  • Wallman, Sonia Sparks 2001 Web Highlights: Bio-Link’s Clearinghouse for Curriculum and Instructional Materials, Bio-Link Connection, September, page 6.
  • Wallman, Sonia Sparks 2000 A program for educating and training in applied biotechnology skills.  American Biotechnology Laboratory, September 8(10): 62-64.
  • Wallman, Sonia Sparks 1997 A Biomanufacturing Course on the Internet, Poster Presentation, American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, Miami Beach, FL.
  • Wallman, Sonia Sparks 1995 Blotting Made Easy in a Teaching Environment. Schleicher & Schuell Sequences 48: 6.
  • Rude, S., R.E. Coggeshall and L.S. van Orden III 1969 Chemical and ultrastructural identification of 5-hydroxytryptamine in an identified neuron. J. Cell Biol. 41(3): 832-54.

(iv) Synergistic Activities

  • Affiliate Faculty in Biofuels, Center for Agriculture and Forestry Resource Management, University of Hawaii at Hilo, HI.
  • Supplemental Funding for NBC2 Phase III, The NBC2: Growing a Regional and National Bioeconomy, One Locale at a Time (NSF #1204974) for a NSF ATE National Biofuels Workforce Summit May 23 and 24, 2013 at Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu, HI.
  • Biomanufacturing Lead for the Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA, October 2012-September 2015.
  • Participant and organizer at the annual Community College Program at BIO, BIOMAN, STEMtech, HI-TEC, NCPN, PITTCON, Pacific Rim BIO and Industrial Biotechnology conferences with hands-on workshops, conference sessions, posters and exhibits, 2005-present.
  • Invited Participant, Visions and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education, Washington, DC, July 15-17, 2009.
  • Invited Participant, Educating Biotechnicians for Future Industry Needs, Scottsdale, AZ, April 28-30, 2008.
  • PI and Director of the DOL ETA Grant for the Center of Excellence in Biomanufacturing of the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce based at Forsyth Technical Community College, 2004-2007.
  • PI for NSF ATE Project: the Northeast Biomanufacturing Collaborative, 2003-2004.
  • Design and Monitor Construction for the New Hampshire Biotechnology Education and Training Center (5,000 square feet of wet-lab space) with Discovery Research Laboratory, Biomanufacturing Suite and Core Facility, 2001-2002.
  • ​Board of Directors, Council of Biotechnology Centers, Biotechnology Industry Organization, 1999-2003.
  • Board of Directors, New Hampshire Biotechnology Council, 1999-2002
  • ​Board of Directors, New England Branch of the Society for Industrial Microbiology, 1999 to present.
  • Director of the Northeast Region of Bio-Link, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Center for Biotechnology, 1998 to present.
  • Bellwether Award Finalist for the “Virtual Workplace for Biotechnology Education” in the Instructional Programs and Services Category, 1997.
  • PI for NSF ATE Project: Protocols for Discovery Research and SOPs for Biomanufacturing Education and Training, July 1994-June 1997.
  • Organizer and Convener, ASM Symposium: Technician Education for Biotechnology, Las Vegas, NV, May 1994.
  • Invited Participant, Critical Issues in Science and Engineering Technician Education, National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C., July 1993.
  • Scientist-Educator Team Project Participant: A Faculty Enhancement Award from the ASM, 1992-1994.

(v) Collaborators and Other Affiliations

  • Dr. Yakov E. Cherner, President, ATeL, LLC - Advanced Tools for e-Learning, Squamscot, MA
  • ​Dr. Elaine Johnson, Executive Director of Bio-Link, San Francisco City College, San Francisco, CA
  • Dr. A. Stephen Dahms, Vice President of Academic, Industry and Government Affairs for SoCalBio (Southern California Biomedical Council), Los Angeles, CA
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