Staff profile: Dr Sarah Best

Staff profile: Dr Sarah Best

Illuminate newsletter index page, March 2019
March 2019

Dr Sarah Best
Dr Sarah Best is identifying new ways to detect and treat
aggressive forms of lung cancer.

Dr Sarah Best
Senior postdoctoral fellow

Describe your job: I am identifying new ways to detect and treat aggressive forms of lung cancer.

Why do you enjoy what you do? I enjoy the challenge and flexibility of my position – no two days are the same and there’s always a problem to solve!

What is your favourite thing about the Institute’s culture? Even though we are all under such high pressure, everyone is relaxed and friendly.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? My family is full of Dr Bests; and no, we don’t think the phrase “you’re the Best” is original.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself? You don’t have to take everything seriously.

Which movie star would play you in a movie adaptation of your life? Kate McKinnon from Saturday Night Live. The movie would definitely be a comedy of errors.

What was your professional highlight of 2018? I was very fortunate that 2018 was a fantastic year for me. The highlight would have to be winning the Research Australia Griffith University Discovery Award at a very fancy dinner in Sydney,
surrounded by my lab mates and best friends. It was such a shock and an honour.

What do you want to be remembered for? Don Metcalf used to say that no matter how busy you are, if someone asks you a question you should always stop and help them out. That really stuck with me, and I hope I’m remembered for being helpful and kind.

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