Gita Bangera is the founding dean of the RISE Learning Institute, which she developed to bring high-impact practices such as research, project, and service-based learning to students across all disciplines. She has also served as the interim vice president of instruction and acting co-president of Bellevue College. She led a team of faculty and staff in designing and constructing a state-of-the-art makerspace and the predesign of the Transdisciplinary Innovations Center. Dr. Bangera is also an inventor, technical consultant, and business owner, with 46 issued patents and over 110 patent applications. Previously, she was a senior scientist at CombiMatrix Corporation and conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School, University of Washington Medical School, and University of Copenhagen. She received her PhD in microbiology at Washington State University, master’s in biology at Carnegie Mellon University, and master’s in microbiology at University of Mumbai.
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