Skubitz Research Team: Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program

Our Mission

The mission of the Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program (OCEDP) is to develop, within five years, a clinical test to screen women for early markers of ovarian cancer.

Our goal is to detect ovarian cancer in its earliest stages, when the survival rate is greater than 90%.  Earlier detection will enhance the treatment options for women, since women who are diagnosed early require less extensive surgery and less toxic chemotherapy.

OCEDP in the News

The OCEDP was recently featured in a Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine article on diagnosis and treatment of reproductive cancers.

Read the full article here

Cover of Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine article.
Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine

Research Projects

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

OCEDP Director
Amy Skubitz, Ph. D.

Department of Ob/Gyn and Women's Health:
Melissa Geller, MD, MS
Peter Argenta, MD
Samantha Hoffman, MD

Mass Spectrometry Expertise:
Timothy Griffin, Ph.D.
LeeAnn Higgins, Ph.D.
Todd W. Markowski

Biostatistics Expertise:
Joseph Koopmeiners, Ph.D.
Qing Cao

Novel Treatment Expertise:
Daniel Vallera, Ph.D.

Facilities at UMN

Facilities at UMN

Research Funding Support

Research Funding Support

Funding for the OCEDP has been provided by:

National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute

Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance 

Cancurables Foundation

Charlene's Light 

University of Minnesota

Recommended Resources

Donate to the OCEDP

Donate to the OCEDP

Donations to the OCEDP support our continued research:


Contact Us

Contact Us

Contact the Director:

Amy P.N. Skubitz, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Adjunct Professor, Dept Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health
University of Minnesota
MMC 395
420 Delaware Street, S.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55455