Ani was born and raised in Cleveland, OH, and attended The Ohio State University where he earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry. At OSU, his passion for research was cultivated in the laboratory of Prof. David Nagib where he worked on C-H functionalization chemistry. Currently, Ani is a PhD graduate student in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UCLA. Ani’s research is focused on developing synthetic platforms for antibiotic drug discovery. He enjoys hiking and trying new restaurants when not in the lab.