In the beginning...

Farah’s childhood was spent experiencing different cultures and countries. For many years, home was in Central Asia. As a child, Farah lived in Lahore, the capital of the Punjab province in Pakistan. Later, her family moved to the refugee-filled city of Peshawar, in the Northwest Frontier Province. In Peshawar, Farah became familiar with the plight of Afghan refugees fleeing their homeland, which was battered by decades of war. Farah came to the U.S. to pursue educational goals. By this time, the tenuous nature of life had shaped her life perspective, which she often expresses through paintings, fiber arts, and DIY-projects.

Along the way...

Farah was home schooled and first entered the formal classroom environment when she started college. She completed her B.S. in Applied Biological Sciences from Arizona State University. Farah was recognized as a School of Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Fellow and received funding for her undergraduate HIV research from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She studied abroad for two years at the National University of Ireland in Galway where she conducted marine research at the Ryan Institute. Farah joined the Dept. of Infectious Diseases at UGA as a graduate student in Prof. Donald Harn’s research group. Her doctoral research focuses on improving vaccine efficacy, by using a new vaccine delivery system in an influenza model. This vaccine delivery system has also been incorporated into a schistosomiasis vaccine study in water buffalo in China and the Philippines. Farah hopes her contribution to vaccine research will positively impact the world.

E. Farah Samli Image Credit: NASA E. Farah Samli