Staff profile: Daniel Simpson

Staff profile: Daniel Simpson

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June 2019

Daniel Simpson
Researcher Daniel Simpson believes new (and even better)
avenues can stem from the times you have failed.

Daniel Simpson
PhD student

Describe your job: I study how pro-cancerous proteins limit the effectiveness of current cancer therapeutics. Understanding what these proteins do to permit drug resistance will help the development of next-generation, anti-cancer therapies.

Why do you enjoy what you do? It is exhilarating to be a part of a like-minded team, all with a similar passion for what we do. The euphoric experience of having a unique idea that would solve the puzzle of your work is amazing, even if you’re wrong.

What is your favourite thing about the Institute’s culture? It takes an institute to raise a PhD student. Luckily the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute provides an incredibly supportive environment where students, researchers and lab heads are encouraged to learn from and help one another. 

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? When I was younger, I had extra bone growing on the side of my leg (it has since been removed).

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself? Stop worrying about failing, just take life a little easier. New (and even better) avenues can stem from the times you have failed.

Which movie star would play you in a movie adaptation of your life (and why)? As a PhD student, I know nothing. Therefore, I think Kit Harington would do a decent job. He has the blank face and brooding looks down to a tee.

What has been your professional highlight so far? Having the opportunity to network with some of the researchers I hold in high esteem at the Lorne conference was a favourite highlight of mine. It was great to finally be able to put the faces to names I see on scientific publications.