Anthony was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, and, addressing the obligate regional question, attended Whitfield High School. He decided to tax his asthma and remain in allergy-riddled St. Louis, where he earned his B.A. at Washington University, while taking out his academic aggressions playing defense for the Wash U Bears’ club roller hockey team (culminating in a 4th-place finish at the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships in Las Vegas in 1997). Following a passionate childhood fascination with sharks, Anthony continued his studies as close to the ocean as possible, earning a Ph.D. in Microbiology/Immunology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in southern FL, where he managed to convince his mentor that scuba diving lessons would enhance his well-roundedness in the biological sciences (ask to see his picture of him kissing a tonically-immobilized shark). After a near run-in with a 10-foot alligator (seriously), he moved as far away as possible from a tropical climate and settled in a more “temperate” region, gaining valuable research experience as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Minnesota medical school, studying traits of a successful HIV vaccine.
He began mentoring/advising students while in the research laboratory, which grew into a full-time role when he transitioned to instructor for a few medical school post-baccalaureate programs. Realizing he thoroughly enjoys helping students navigate the perils of academia, he jumped at the opportunity to return to his alma mater as an assistant dean and pre-health advisor.
In his free time (which is nonexistent now that he has a 2-year old daughter), he enjoys hiking, playing recreational sports, “geeking out” with fantasy/sci-fi movies, and spending time with family.