Areas of Expertise:
- Science Communication and Outreach
- Data Analysis
- Program Management
Mark Sellers joined the Surveillance Research Program (SRP) as a Program Analyst on his rotation with the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) program. He is currently working with the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program, with a focus on the SEER in the News, Cancer Stat Facts, Did You Know? video series, and other projects involving analysis and communication. Before beginning his rotation with SEER, Mark worked at the NCI’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) as a Program Analyst in the Diversity Training Branch (DTB), where he supported the Intramural Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (iCURE) program, U54 Partnership to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE) program, and R25 mechanism.
Mark graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN with a B.S. in Physics and minor in Spanish in May 2015 and earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2020. While at Rhodes, he learned about the importance of clear communication of science from research, education, and policy perspectives. His research at Rhodes involved a NIH-funded project to investigate an ultrasonic method for detecting changes in bone density caused by osteoporosis. Mark is passionate about science education and outreach, and he completed an internship in 2014 with the Society of Physics Students to develop demonstration kits for students from elementary to high school. He also volunteered as a science educator both at Washington University in St. Louis and at the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis. His Ph.D. research, which was supported through the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP), focused on nucleation—the formation of crystallites in a liquid as it changes into a solid—and how gravity or local atomic structure either helped or hindered this process.