Goli Samimi

Favourite Thing: Explain scientific questions to other people–I enjoy teaching and making others excited about science.



Santa Monica High School in California, USA from years 9-12


UCLA for undergraduate studies, UC San Diego for graduate studies, Harvard School of Public Health for a masters

Work History:

For my thesis research I worked at the UC San Diego Cancer Center; for my masters research I worked at Harvard School of Public Health; for my post-doctoral studies I worked at the National Cancer Institute


Garvan Institute, NSW

Current Job:

Group Leader, Ovarian Cancer Research Group

Me and my work

Our group works towards improving treatment and survival in ovarian cancer patients.

My Typical Day

I spend most of my day writing–either grants, papers or presentations.

What I'd do with the money

I would donate to the African Educational Trust to buy science lesson kits and provide better training for teachers on how to use them.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Excited, supportive, loyal

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Bon Jovi or any Broadway Musical

What is the most fun thing you've done?

I have the most fun when I’m either traveling or on stage. I do improv comedy for fun.

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

What did you want to be after you left school?

A cancer researcher!

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

The only time I got in trouble was from talking too much.

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Tell us a joke.

Sports followed

basketball, american football

Favourite team

UCLA Bruins!