(she/her)Washington Improv Theater
Goli Samimi has been an ovarian cancer researcher since 1999, and is currently a program director in the Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). In her role, she manages the Ovarian Cancer Prevention grant portfolio and scientific monitoring of early phase ovarian cancer clinical trials within the NCI Division of Cancer Prevention.
Goli received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from UC San Diego and her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. In 2006, she moved to DC as a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the NCI. In 2011, she moved to Sydney, Australia to run a lab at the Garvan Institute. Although she wishes she could have lived by the beach forever, Goli was lured back to the NCI in 2015 for a wonderful job opportunity and loves living in DC!
Goli has been involved with nonprofit organizations since she was an undergrad at UCLA (Go Bruins!). She was the founding stage manager and served as an associate producer for the Troubadour Theater Company in Los Angeles. While in Australia, she worked with the Garvan Research Foundation to promote her research and fundraise for the Institute. As part of this role, Goli actively engaged with Garvan donors and the community through public speaking engagements as well as print, television, and online interviews. One of Goli’s biggest accomplishments was being named one of Australia’s Most Inspiring Women in 2013, for her role in increasing awareness of ovarian cancer.
In 2008, Goli received a stimulus check from then-president George Bush and used it to take her first ever improv class. She has since completed the curriculum at DC Improv, WIT, and ImproAustralia, and has taken classes with instructors from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Improv Olympic, Second City, and Peoples Improv Theater. She has volunteered for WIT as house staff and stage manager for FIST and Improvapolooza, and video runner for Neutrino. She continues to take as many classes and workshops as she can fit into her schedule, and loves to learn from different teachers.
Goli is a very proud founding member of indie troupe Subsidized Corn, and has performed throughout the DC area and at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia.