Rachel’s journey at SiREM began in 2012 when she joined the team as a high school coop student. During that time, she focused mainly on Waterloo membrane SamplerTM production and participated in a study investigating the possible eutrophication of the local Puslinch Lake . After her Coop term, Rachel went on to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Biological and Medical Physics at the University of Guelph. Under the advisement of Professor Leonid Brown, she conducted an 8-month research project examining variations in the structural state of the Cyanobacterium, Mastigocladopsis repens, using laser flash photolysis. In 2016, Rachel traveled in France to study at l’Université Grenoble Alpes, where she researched crystallography focusing on the probing of matter with neutron and synchrotron radiation. Upon graduation, she found herself returning to SiREM where she is currently passionately engaging as a laboratory technician supporting our treatability study services and Gene-Trac testing as well as running the ion chromatograph instrument.
‘Contributing to the work carried out here at SiREM is very fulfilling, especially during this time of global crisis. I am so glad to be able to help out any way I can and am very excited to continue to learn and grow along with the company.’ -Rachel Hallman, Laboratory Technician
Rachel’s interests extend to a love of nature, animals and sports. She spends a lot of her time outside kayaking, hiking, and rock climbing. She also loves to snuggle up with her cat and a good book.