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Sandra Porter

Digital World Biology

Dr. Sandra Porter is a microbiologist, community builder, entrepreneur, bioinformatics instructor, and writer.  She received her PhD in microbiology from the University of Washington, worked as a post-doc at the Fred Hutch Cancer Center, and spent ten years leading a biotechnology education program at Seattle Central Community College.  During that time, Porter became a regional director for Bio-Link, a National Center for Biotechnology Workforce Education, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program.Her interest in using bioinformatics in biology education led Porter to join Geospiza, Inc., a bioinformatics software company, acquired by PerkinElmer.  In 2009, Porter started Digital World Biology (DWB) and returned to biotech workforce education. DWB provides consulting, community management services, and develops novel apps, games, and educational tools for biotechnology.  Porter served as a Co-PI for the NSF ATE Bio-Link National Center until 2018 and currently is a Co-PI for InnovATEBIO (InnovATEBIO.org), an ATE Center that serves over 136 college biotechnology programs and 100 K12 institutions.Although Dr. Porter left her position as a full-time tenured professor, she found it harder to leave teaching. She teaches bioinformatics as an adjunct professor for Shoreline Community College and supports biotechnology workforce education as the principal investigator on two grants from the National Science Foundation. One provides funding for Biotech-Careers.org, a website for educating students about career opportunities in the life sciences. The other uses hackathons to develop undergraduate research projects and curriculum in antibody engineering (Antibody-Engineers.org).