Member, Biostatistics Program
Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch
Dr. Mark Thornquist is a cancer prevention researcher whose work focuses on biostatistical design and methods, ethics in research, and the coordination of large, multi-center research studies. He is the former director of the Fred Hutch-based Comprehensive Center for the Advancement of Scientific Strategies, or COMPASS, which provides full-spectrum operational support for large-scale public health research networks and studies. Through COMPASS, Dr. Thornquist coordinated the Carotene and Retinol Efficacy Trial, a multicenter prevention trial that found beta carotene and retinol supplements increased lung cancer risk. He also served as co-investigator and statistician for the Asian Cohort Consortium Coordinating Center, which analyzed data from more than a million study participants to understand the relationship between genetics, environmental exposures and various diseases, including cancer.
Ph.D., Statistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985
M.S., Statistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1982
M.A., Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1978
B.A., Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1975
Biostatistical design and methods, ethics in research, large multi-center research coordination (both centrally-managed trials and loose consortia of investigators)