Hi! My name is Lindsey. I’m a Research Scientist living in the great PNW with my partner, daughter, and two pets who’s Insta-life is way cooler than mine. I love exploring the scientific unknown, playing soccer, hiking really big mountains, street art, and listening to music way too loud in the car. 😉
Dream big, work hard, and lead with courage and curiosity!
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I am a chemical biologist turned computational data scientist working at a national laboratory (government research institution) investigating some of world’s greatest scientific data and technology challenges in areas of Chemical and Materials Sciences, Computational and Mathematical Sciences, Earth and Biological Sciences, Engineering, and User Facility Advanced Instrumentation to create a world that is safer, cleaner, and more prosperous.
I began my career at PNNL over ten years ago as an undergraduate research associate and had the opportunity to learn from a suite of multidisciplinary domain experts across both biomedical and environmental scientific domains. As a molecular analytics research scientist, now twilighting as a research data manager and metadata engineer, I create powerful combinations of scientific data packages for publication using various web technologies and FAIR data principles (an ongoing development by the scientific community for enhancing data sharing policies and best practices), for delivering expert state-of-the-art EMSL instruments and experimental investigation data metadata for both biomedical and environmental research (both human-readable and machine-readable formats) contributing to ongoing and future scientific discovery stakeholder applications.
My Typical Day:
I wake up early, have breakfast, and take my daughter to school before beginning work around 7:45/8:00 am. I do everything from reading/writing emails, analyzing scientific data, creating data visualization, creating data workflow graphics, writing scientific papers or contributing to scientific government proposals, and project team meetings. I have lunch at the usual time, work some more, pick up my daughter from school, and wrap up my tasks for the day/plan for the next, and shut the mind wheels down anywhere between 5:00-6:00 PM.
What I'd do with the prize money:
With the prize money, I would donate to our local Washington state STEM education program, who focus on creating outreach opportunities and partnerships to historically underrepresented STEM students of color, girls/young women, students living in poverty, and students living in rural areas across the state.
- 2012-2014: Columbia Basin Community College (CBC) | Degree: Associate in Arts (A.A.), General Studies
- 2012-2014: Washington State University (WSU) | Degree: Bachelors of Science (B.S.), Biological Sciences
- 2017: SRI International Artificial Intelligence Center | Advanced Education Course: Bioinformatic Pathway Reconstruction & Metabolic Data Modeling
- 2018: Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), National Institutes of Health (NIH) | Advanced Education Course: Data Integration, Analysis, & Visualization
*Continued Professional Development*
- > 10 yrs. experience as a Research Scientist
- Scientific Positions: Experimental Chemical Biologist (8 yrs. | 2009-2017) + Computational Scientist ( 5 yrs. | 2017-Present)
- Scientific Publication Record: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8741-7823
- Company Website: https://biology.pnnl.gov/people/lindsey-anderson
- Scientific Data Management Projects: https://data.pnnl.gov/group/nodes/person/13238
- 2009-2013: Undergraduate Research Associate (Toxicology), Exposure Science/Human Health Group – Biological Sciences Division (EBSD), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
- 2014-2016: Post-Bachelors Research Associate (Chemical Biology), Integrative Omics Group – Biological Sciences Division (EBSD), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
- 2017- Present: Staff Scientist (Molecular Analytics), Systems Computational Biology Group – Biological Sciences Division (EBSD), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
- Employer: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
- Role: Research Data Analytics, Data Management, Metadata Engineering
- Position: Staff Scientist (full-time)
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Altruistic, Adventurous, Passionate.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Creating tangible forms of knowledge that can be applied by this generation and the next generation of scientists to come.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Genuine curiosity/drive to learn more about the inner workings of living things and the mechanisms behind them.
What was your favorite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I always got busted for talking too much in class while the teacher was talking. Once the subjects got harder in school I began to talk less and study more.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favorite singer or band?
Wow, I could never pick one of anything.
What's your favorite food?
Is chocolate an acceptable answer?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Summit active stratovolcanoes!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) My own airplane so I can have endless access to all things exploring/traveling, 2) Summit all the active volcanoes in the US with the ones I love the most, and 3) My own professional chef that cooks all the delicious things I love 24/7.
Tell us a joke.
"Why did the cloud date the fog?" Because they were so down to earth.