Mark D. Thornquist, Ph.D.

Mark Thornquist Ph.D.
faculty member

Mark D. Thornquist, Ph.D.

Member, Biostatistics Program
Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

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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

Research Interests

Biostatistical design and methods, ethics in research, large multi-center research coordination (both centrally-managed trials and loose consortia of investigators)

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