Greater LA Site Director
Amgen Biotech Experience
Shahira Badran joined LA Promise Fund and its Amgen Biotech Experience team as Site Director in April 2023. Badran is a multilingual and multicultural Biology and Biotechnology Educator and Content Expert with 25 years of experience in teaching and educational consulting. She holds a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics, a Master’s degree in Science Education, and a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology/Chemistry.
Badran dedicated her career to academic teaching and promoting STEM/Biotechnology education. Her experience teaching a diverse student body including historically underserved and underrepresented minorities, first-generation youth, and non-traditional adult learners prompted her to develop instructional and assessment tools and strategies that bridge academic, ethnic, gender, and socio-economic gaps to overcome historical patterns of exclusion which impacted participation patterns and learning outcomes within STEM and higher education.
Recently, Badran serves as a principal instructor and content expert at the “Biotechnology Bridge Training Academy”, a workforce development program that prepares students, non-traditional adult learners, and professionals for biotechnology careers using an updated industry-specific curriculum and engaging instructional strategies that she developed.
Badran worked as an Adjunct Professor of Biology at multiple campuses in the LA area and as a tenure-track Associate Professor and Biotechnology program coordinator at Bunker Hill Community College, MA, where she designed and developed an associate degree Biological Sciences curriculum with biotechnology for employment option and a transfer option. Badran served as a consultant for Nammi Therapeutics, a biotech startup specializing in Chemo- immunotherapy for cancer treatment.
Badran is a certified Facilitator for anti-bias professional development training for educators at the Museum of Tolerance, where she also volunteers as a docent and exhibit guide. Her work focuses on social justice standards and anti-racist pedagogy as a foundation for anti-bias education to promote culturally responsive teaching practices.
She “projects” rather than “predicts” students’ academic and professional futures by believing in each student’s potential for transformation and success.