Dr. Von Kalm is an Associate Professor in Biology whose research focuses on Drosophila (small fruit fly), studying the roles of polyamine transport and methionine restriction in cancer and the aging process. His research has been funded by external agencies such as the Department of the Army and the National Institute of Health.

Dr. Von Kalm has mentored and advised many graduate students and has received several teaching awards including the Teaching Incentive Award and the COS Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. Dr. Von Kalm has served in several administrative roles in the Department of Biology, including Graduate Coordinator, Associate Chair and Interim Chair.