Lisa Kalman

Health Scientist

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lisa Kalman directs the Genetic Testing Reference Material Coordination Program (GeT-RM) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta GA, USA. Dr. Kalman earned her BS degree in Biology and her PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University in Developmental Biology and Biochemistry. As the Coordinator of the CDC’s Genetic Testing Reference Material (GeT-RM) Program, Lisa partners with a variety of stakeholders in the genetic testing community to manage a voluntary, sustainable process to improve the quality of clinical genetic testing through the development of characterized genomic DNA reference materials. The GeT-RM program initiates and coordinates the contribution, development, characterization and distribution of new reference materials for genetic testing. She is also the Science Advisor for the CDC’s Biorepository. Dr. Kalman has authored a number of papers and guidance documents related to molecular genetic testing.