Title: Assistant Professor
College: College of Medicine
Department: Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine
Research Interest: pathogens, adaptive immunity, malaria, tuberculosis, Leptospira
Curriculum vitae: PDF
Dr. Anthony Cannella was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. After completing his bachelor of science degree at the University of South Florida, he obtained a master of science degree from Barry University. During this time, he gained experience by working on a research project on vaccine candidates for malignant melanoma in a local, private research laboratory. In 2006, he obtained his doctor of medicine degree from the University of South Florida, and subsequently in 2009, completed the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. There, he received accolades for teaching and was the first recipient for the TiME-R award, which allowed him to gain research experience in investigational immunological techniques. This experience was what placed him on the path of becoming a physician-scientist, and led him to the University of California, San Diego for his Infectious Diseases Fellowship.
There, he became intrigued by with host-pathogen interactions, and more specifically, adaptive immune responses to pathogens. This led him to join the laboratory of a large international neglected tropical medicine research group. Working in conjunction with the La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology, Dr. Cannella successfully identified the first T cell epitopes for Brucella melitensis, which are now providing the bedrock for both future important diagnostic and vaccination research for brucellosis. During this time, he became a Clinical Instructor, where he attended on the consult service, as well as Associate Director of the Medical Microbiology Course, where he also demonstrated one of his other passions, teaching students, residents and fellows. In 2013, he was promoted to Assistant Professor of Medicine at UC San Diego after successfully competing for a K-08 grant. He is now an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UF-COM/EPI in the Division of Infectious Diseases/Department of Medicine.