Donna P. Ankerst, Ph.D.

  • Donna P. Ankerst, Ph.D.photoDonna P. Ankerst, Ph.D.


    Telephone: +49 89 1276-3616
    Fax: +49 89 7095-7491

    Research Profile



    Dr. Donna Ankerst completed her undergraduate degree in Mathematics at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, and her Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She spent the next four years completing a National Science Foundation Mathematics Postdoctoral Fellowship studying Biostatistics at the Harvard University School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. One of these years was spent as visiting lecturer in Statistics at University College London, London, England and another was spent working directly with the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where her interest in biomarkers for early cancer detection, specifically CA125 for ovarian cancer and prostate-specific antigen for prostate cancer started. From Boston she moved on to Seattle, Washington, to further pursue biomarker studies as faculty at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington. There she served on the Cancer Control Committee of the Southwest Oncology Group, and through its Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial. Dr. Ankerst later relocated to Munich, Germany to become Professor of Mathematics at the Technical University and assumed a part-time Research Professor appointment in the Department of Urology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in order to maintain her active research in biomarkers for prostate cancer. She lives for most of the year with her husband and daughter in Munich, Germany, and enjoys her long working stints back to San Antonio in her home state of Texas.


    PhD, Carnegie Mellon University (1996)
    MS, Carnegie Mellon University (1994)
    BS, University of Texas at Austin (1990)


    Risk prediction and validation, biomarker and clinical trial design.

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