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Dr. Rebecca Kalman discovered her love of chemistry and chemicals at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tenn., where she received a BS in chemical engineering. After that, she decided to brave the cold winters and moved to Delaware where she received her Master’s and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware.
Her research in grad school was attempting to understand how solution conditions affect several characteristics of protein unfolding, interactions and aggregate formation. She also examined protein aggregation rate prediction, important in determining the shelf life of therapeutic proteins.
After grad school, Kalman worked at the FDA at the Office of Generic Drugs for a year before moving back to the south and starting her teaching career at Kennesaw State University. She joined the faculty at GGC in 2014.
Dr. Kalman is the advisor of the GGC Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society. She LOVES working with these students outside of the classroom, and is always looking for new ways to help them develop their leadership skills. She is also the Course Coordinator for Survey of Chemistry and is active with a Faculty Learning Community that is examining content alignment for science pre-requisite courses for pre-nursing students.
In her free time, Kalman enjoys spending time with her two kids and curling. She started the sport in 2010, along with her husband, Dennis.