Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Carlos Valdez


Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division

May 19, 2022

What do you like about working at the Lab?

Being at the Lab allows me to work on challenging, real-world, and cutting-edge scientific projects that impact the world. I find my work truly fascinating and fulfilling.

What do your day-to-day work activities include?

I provide chemical synthesis support on various projects at the Forensic Science Center.

What is one project you’re really proud to have worked on?

The discovery of the first brain penetrating antidote against nerve agents.

What is your educational or career background?

I have a PhD in chemistry from UC Berkeley and a BS from Florida International University. I have worked at the Lab for the last 12 years.

What inspired you to go into science?

I have wanted to be a scientist for as long as I can remember.

What advice would you give to a new employee at the Lab?

Get to know the colleagues in your field of expertise and in your immediate outside area, the Lab is a unique environment where collaborative ventures are encouraged and can be created.

What are your hobbies/what do you do in your free time?

I enjoy spending time with my family, going on hikes, traveling, and playing soccer.

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