PD Anke Burmester obtained her diploma in Biology from Free University Berlin, Germany (1985), followed by a PhD degree on molecular manipulation of Absidia glauca (Mucorales) in 1988. Scientific interests switches to the field of the pheromones and their genes needed in sexual communication of Mucor mucedo at the Institute for Gene-biological Research, Berlin. 1994, she starts as scientific assistant at the Institute of Microbiology, of the faculty of Biology and Pharmacy, of the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena. Habilitation was finished 1996 in Jena about the relationships between sexual processes and parasitic interactions in the host–pathogen system Absidia glauca – Parasitella parasitica. Research projects were funded by the DFG.
2007-2008 she works as scientist at the Hans-Knöll Institute Jena and started with the genome projects of Trichophyton benhamiae and Trichophyton verrucosum. Other research projects followed at the Institute of Microbiology in Jena, including the genome analysis of Absidia glauca and Parasitella parasitica. Since 2017 she is senior scientist at the Department of Dermatology of the University Hospital Jena under Prof. Peter Elsner supervision. She is part of the scientific staff of the routine diagnostic lab of PD Uta-Christina Hipler and PD Cornelia Wiegand.