Dr. Gisela Buschle-Diller is a Professor in the Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering and a Faculty Fellow at the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. She received her graduate degrees from the Technical University of Stuttgart, Germany, and worked as a postdoc at the University of California, Davis, as well as at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Science in Potsdam, Germany, and the Rathgen Laboratories in Berlin, Germany. Her research and teaching interests are in the area of natural and synthetic biopolymers, enzymatic processes, polymers for medical applications and hydrogels. She has also held many seminars on professional development for undergraduate and graduate students and mentored Graduate Teaching Assistants.
Since 1999 she has served as the GPO for the graduate programs in Polymer and Fiber Engineering. In 2003 she established a full credit 1:1 exchange program with the University of Applied Sciences in Reutlingen, Germany, and maintains successful research student exchange opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with universities in Dresden, Aachen, Mannheim, and Stuttgart. New programs with universities in China and Austria are under way. She also serves as a mentor for female scientists at Minerva Femmenet of the Max-Planck Institute in Germany.