Christopher Shelton

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Chris Shelton
Christopher Shelton

May 26, 2022


Christopher Shelton


Research Program Coordinator, Cancer Cell Biology Program

How long have you worked at GUMC?

Since September of 2021

What led you to your position here at GUMC?

I was searching for a position that allowed me to utilize my combined background in scientific research and administration.

In your role, how do you interact with the GUMC community?

The CCB Program is made up of about 70 or so members, including principal investigators, research assistants and early career investigators at GUMC. One of my primary responsibilities is to support the endeavors of the research operations and program leaders, so I regularly collaborate inter- and intra-programmatically. Whether it be inviting members to meetings or asking for feedback on how to better the program, I try to interact and engage with the entirety in some way.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The problem-solving aspect. As program coordinator I have very defined responsibilities, however what that looks like in practice is dynamic from day to day. I get to touch a lot of different pieces of coordination in support of the ultimate goal of furthering cancer research. I’ve also been afforded the opportunity to work with a pretty amazing administrative team and other collaborators.

What is a skill you have that might surprise people?

I’m a pretty decent snowboarder!

What did you learn about yourself as a professional during the pandemic?

I learned the value I place on work-life balance.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to try new things. I’m always looking for new activities to do, and luckily in the DC area there’s rarely a shortage. I’ve recently picked up photography as a hobby and I also enjoy watching movies and spending time with friends.

What is your greatest achievement (personal or professional)?

Currently my greatest achievement is obtaining my Master of Health Administration degree, but in the (near) future it’ll be getting into medical school!

What is the best lesson you have learned from working at GUMC?

Teamwork is the best way to get things done.