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Cadena Pico enjoys the discovery process when analyzing new data sets, despite the difficulties in preparing data before building machine learning models. “Often a data set is incomplete or contains errors from different sources. Sometimes its size makes it difficult to extract knowledge,” he says. “Solving these challenges and knowing that I’m helping other researchers advance their work is very gratifying.” Once a PhD student at Virginia Tech, Cadena Pico now contributes to LLNL’s brain-on-a-chip project by studying complex networks among brain cells. He also investigates ways to detect anomalous activity in networks, and his recent work—developing a method for finding clusters of under-vaccinated populations to inform public health resources—was presented at the 24th KDD Conference. Formerly a three-time LLNL summer intern, Cadena Pico values ongoing education: “I like to keep learning about different research domains while developing a data science skill set applicable to many problems of global importance.”