Director, NSF ATE Coordination Network: Advanced Manufacturing for Cell & Tissue-based Products (DUE 1801123) Biotechnology Faculty, Madison College
Thomas Tubon is currently in transition to serve as the Chief Workforce Development Officer for the recently-funded BioIndustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem (BioMADE) Manufacturing Innovation Institute, headquartered at the University of Minnesota, Saint Paul Campus. BioMADE joins eight DoD-sponsored institutes as part of the Manufacturing USA network and is the16th institute invested in creating an end-to-end ecosystems for domestic manufacturing to secure America’s future through manufacturing innovation, education, and collaboration. Dr. Tubon will lead the Education and Workforce Development initiatives of the BioMADE Institute, with a focus on bioindustrial manufacturing and synthetic biology.
Prior to his appointment with the BioMADE NNMI, Dr. Tubon served as a Professor in the Biotechnology Program at Madison Area Technical College for 13 years. During this time, he led several National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education grant projects to establish and scale an emerging technology program in Stem Cells and Cell Manufacturing and oversee a Coordination Network project for Advanced Manufacturing of Cell and Tissue Products. While at Madison College, Dr. Tubon was responsible for the development of bioscience workforce and strategic implementation of programs for local, regional, and national-level adoption and scale-up. In this role, he has facilitated the creation of a broad network of industry, community, and academic stakeholders, that promote career pathways in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Dr. Tubon also serves as a mentor with the NSF ATE Mentor Connect and Project Vision Programs.
Since 2019, Dr. Tubon has served as a CoPI on the NSF ATE InnovATEBIO Center for Biotechnology Education, and the NSF Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) Center leadership team for workforce development and strategic partnerships.
Dr. Tubon holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Stony Brook University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and a BS in Molecular Biology from San Diego State University.