Anna received her B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies from George Washington University in 2001, and her Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Biology in 2007. Her Ph.D. research was on the affects of a specific nuclear hormone receptor (HR39) in reproduction and sperm storage in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, and was conducted under the guidance of Dr. Allan Spradling at the Carnegie Institution for Science- Department of Embryology. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Andy Golden at the National Institutes of Health, where she continued to follow her interests in reproduction by studying a conserved cell cycle regulator, WEE-1.3, involved in C. elegans meiosis and oocyte maturation. In Fall of 2012, she left her post-doc at NIH to take an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Biology at Howard University in Washington, DC. In Summer 2018 she was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor with the Department of Biology. She currently serves as Graduate Director for the Biology graduate program.
At Howard University, she routinely teaches Developmental Biology (BIOL243) in the Fall semester, and Genetics (BIOL200) in the Spring semester. She has also taught and/or been involved in: Topics in Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL501, undergraduates), Topics in Developmental Biology (BIOG500, graduate students), and General Biology (BIOL101) for freshman. She is an active member of the Biology Honors Committee, and has served an instructor of record for numerous Honors courses throughout the years.
Outside of the University, Anna spends time with her family (husband Peter, two children- Stephanie and Theodore, and dog Trooper). She likes to read, go hiking, watch her kids’ sports games, and spend time with her friends and family.