Kamali received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2014, focusing on the biophysics of small catalytic RNAs. Her research interests include: 1) understanding how students use the visualizations (e.g., 3D images of biomolecules, graphs, chemical equations, etc. etc.) presented to them in class to further their science learning; 2) how these visualizations can be improved to help students learn better; and 3) if strategies of low-vision students can help all students more effectively interact with science visualizations.
After completing her PhD research, she pursued her love of learning and education in a post-doctoral position at Purdue University in Trevor Anderson's Visualization in Biochemical Education (VIBE) group. In 2015, she came to Michigan State University to teach introductory chemistry at Lyman Briggs College. She joined the CREATE for STEM Institute in December 2016, through Mark Urban-Lurain's Automated Analysis of Constructed Responses (AACR) group.
In her spare time, Kamali likes to draw, read, knit, do yoga, and explore food in a variety of ways such as eating, cooking, and coffee/tea brewing.