Linda Canaan

Biosciences and Biotechnology Division

September 8, 2022

What do you like about working at the Lab?

I love working at the Lab because I feel that I am supporting—in a very small way—the amazing scientific research that is happening here. The Lab also feels like being a part of a very large family, which is nice.

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

Each day at the Lab is different and exciting for me. Most days, I'm busy helping with job postings and interviews or answering personnel-type questions. I never know what new situations and questions will come up each day.

What is your educational or career background?

I have a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and a law degree, both from Baylor University. My legal career started with handling a wide variety of legal cases: traffic tickets, family law matters, adoptions, and asbestos litigation. The majority of my law career, approximately 20 years, was spent in the field of immigration. I joined LLNL 6 years ago in January 2016 and started out in the International Services Office. In October 2019, I was excited to join BBTD as the Division Administrator.

What inspired you to go into your field of work?

My desire to help people is what inspires me every day. I am happiest when I can make someone’s day easier in some way.

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

I recommend that new employees make connections with as many people as possible at the Lab. There are so many wonderful and interesting people here.

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

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family. I love watching my daughter play soccer and I love riding electric bikes with my husband.