Anna is the Associate Director of the newly established Institute for Infection, Inflammation, and Immunity in Children (i4Kids), a unique joint research effort with the University of Pittsburgh and the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh focused on improving children’s health by fighting infectious and inflammatory diseases through catalyzing new multi-disciplinary collaborations across the health sciences, natural and physical sciences, computer science, and engineering.
Before joining the faculty at Pitt, she was based at University College London in the UK, managing the operations and £6.8 million research portfolio of the newly created National Institute for Health Research Global Health (NIHR) Research Unit on Mucosal Pathogens (MPRU), working with research partners on projects across the UK, The Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Malawi, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda to improve the prevention of pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis. She was also responsible for developing the training strategy for the Unit's postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.
She received her PhD in 2015 from the Biological Biomedical Sciences program and the Leder Human Biology and Translational Medicine program at Harvard Medical School. She was selected to give a commencement address ("A disruptive, innovative, scalable valuation") to approximately 32,000 people at the 2015 Harvard University Morning Exercises, the main commencement ceremony which gathers all the Harvard schools, members of the governing board, degree recipients, alumni, and guests.
Anna was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and researched the regulation of RNA polymerase and gene expression during sporulation in the bacterium Bacillus subtilis in the laboratory of Richard Losick in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard.
She received her AB in Chemistry, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and did her senior thesis research on de novo protein design in the laboratory of Michael Hecht in the Department of Chemistry. Prior to entering graduate school, she was a Scientific Associate in Computational Biochemistry at DE Shaw Research, LLC in New York City.
Anna has previously served as a resident tutor and sophomore advising coordinator for Harvard College, the Division of Medical Sciences Representative on the Harvard Graduate Student Council Executive Board, and as a mentor scientist for Science Club for Girls. She also enjoys singing and has performed as part of the Juilliard Choral Union and the Dessoff Choirs at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra and the NHK Symphony.