Shannon L. Silkensen, Ph.D.

Scientific IT Advisor


Dr. Shannon Silkensen serves as NCI’s scientific IT engagement officer. In this role, she identifies how technology can help augment the work of NCI staff and leads return to work and continuity of operations activities. She also hosts the CBIIT summer internship program, which gives undergraduates an opportunity to see how NCI drives discovery through data science, informatics, and IT.

Dr. Silkensen has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with an additional major in biological sciences from Carnegie Mellon University and a doctorate in molecular cancer biology from Duke University. Upon completing her doctorate, Dr. Silkensen was recruited to the Department of Health and Human Services through the Emerging Leaders Program and has since served as a program director throughout NCI.


  • Human Resources
  • IT Operations


  • Cherniak ,W., et al (Silkensen, S.L.). Bringing Evidence-Based Research Project to Scale: New Opportunities to Control Cervix Cancer. In preparation.
  • Silkensen, S.L., Schiffman, M., Sahasrabuddhe, V., Flanigan, J.S. Is It Time to Move Beyond Visual Inspection With Acetic Acid for Cervical Cancer Screening? Glob Health Sci Pract. 2018 Jun 29;6(2):242-246. doi: 10.9745/GHSP-D-18-00206
  • Sayed, S., et al (Silkensen, S.L.). Improving Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in Low and Middle-Income Countries: Roadmap to Solutions. The Lancet, 2018 Mar 14. pii: S0140-6736(18)30459-8.
  • Flanigan, J.S., Silkensen, S.L., Wolf, N.G. Global Health Pathology Research: Purpose and Funding. Clin Lab Med. 2018 Mar;38(1):21-35.