Anke Hemmerling, MD, PhD, MPH

Academic Coordinator, UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Lecturer, University of California Berkeley School of Public Health
Co-Chair, Education Committee at the UC Global Health Institute Center of Expertise in Women’s Health & Empowerment



Dr. Hemmerling is a project director in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Her work at the UCSF Bixby Center focuses primarily on studies of live biotherapeutic products for the prevention of HIV and other genital infections in women. In her research, Dr. Hemmerling combines the approaches from her training in clinical medicine and in public health, with a special focus on global women’s health and sexually transmitted infections. Her research has included work on medication abortion with mifepristone in Germany, the use of misoprostol for postpartum hemorrhage in developing countries, the scope of infertility in developing countries, and the use of live biotherapeutic products such as lactobacilli for the prevention of genital and sexually transmitted infections.

In addition, she is the Co-Chair of the Education Committee at the UC Global Health Institute Center of Expertise in Women’s Health and Empowerment, and a faculty member at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). At UCSF and UCB, she is mentoring and teaching medical students, graduate students and post-doctoral students in several educational programs, including the UCSF Infectious Disease Research and Training program (IDRTP), the UCSF Global Health Masters Program and the UCB Interdisciplinary MPH program.

Dr. Hemmerling also serves as the Deputy Director of the Coalition Advancing Multipurpose Innovations (CAMI), the secretariat of the Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies for Reproductive Health, facilitating the development of products combining contraception and STI prevention.

Before joining the UCSF Bixby Center in 2007, she gained experience in global research projects as a UCB Bixby Fellow of Population, Family Planning and International Health, and as a Director of Special Health Projects at Venture Strategies for Health and Development. She received her MD and PhD in Medical Sciences at the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany; and an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley.


Areas of Interest:

  • HIV/AIDS prevention
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Safe motherhood
  • Global health
  • Family planning and infertility
  • Multipurpose prevention technologies for reproductive health


For a complete list of publications, please click here: Publications on PubMed.


Updated July 2013