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 at Howard University in Washington, DC. At Howard University, she teaches Developmental Biology (BIOL243), Genetics (BIOL200), Topics in Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL501) and is involved in General Biology (BIOL101) for freshman.