Anthony P. Cannella
Anthony P. Cannella
Assistant Professor
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Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
University of Florida College of Medicine


Graduate Medical Education:
Fellowship Training:
Post-Doctoral: 2010-2013
Clinical: 2009-2011
University of California, San Diego
Department of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
San Diego, CA
Residency Training: 2006-2009 University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department of Medicine
Birmingham, AL
Undergraduate Medical Education: 2002-2006 University of South Florida
College of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine
Tampa, FL
Undergraduate and Graduate Education: 1999-2000 1995-1999 Barry University
Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences
Master of Science (Biomedical Science)
Miami Shores, FL
University of South Florida
College of Arts & Sciences
Bachelor of Science (Major-Biology)
Tampa, FL



Dr. Anthony Cannella was born and raised in Tampa, FL. After completing his bachelors of science degree at the University of South Florida, he obtained a masters of science 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 both accolades for teaching and as the first recipient for the TiME-R program, where he gained 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.

Research Interest

Human immune responses (adaptive immunity) to neglected tropical diseases more specifically: malaria, leptospirosis, mycobacteria, and melioidosis.
The application of microbiology by trainees in the setting of improving infection outcomes at large academic medical centers.

The identification and prevention of noscomial infections and epidemic phenomenon within large academic medical centers; in addition, the stewardship of antimicrobials within such a setting.

Professional Activities:


University of Florida College of Medicine:
- Assistant Professor of Medicine; Tenure Track (2014-present)
- Courtesy Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
with Graduate Faculty Status (2015-present)
-University of California, San Diego School of Medicine:
- Assistant Professor of Medicine; Residence/Adjunct Track (2013-2014)
-University of California, San Diego School of Medicine:
- Clinical Instructor (2012-2013)

Professional Associations:

- American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Trainee Member 2010-2013
Diplomat Member: 2013-present
- Infectious Diseases Society of America
Trainee member: 2009-2012
Diplomat member: 2012-present
- American College of Physicians
Student member: 2003-2006
Trainee Member: 2008-2010
Diplomat Member: 2010-present
- American Society of Microbiology
Fellow Member: 2009-2012
- Infectious Disease Association of California
Fellow Member: 2010-2012
- American Medical Association
Student member: 2002-2006
Resident member: 2006-2009
- American College of Surgeons
Student member: 2003-2006
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Student member: 2003-2006

Organizations and Activities:

Medical Student Interview Committee Member for the University Of Florida
College Of Medicine (2015-2016)
- Associate Director of Hospital Epidemiology for UF Health-Shands (2014-
- The Career Connection Mentorship Program (2012-2013) at University of
California, San Diego (Mentorship capacity)
- Clinical and Translational Research Institute Associate Member (2012-2013)
at University of California, San Diego
- Board member of Resident Minority recruitment for the Dept. of Medicine at
University of Alabama at Birmingham (2007-2009)
- Latino-American Medical Student Association (USFCOM): Founding member
and First President (2003-2006), represented USFCOM at 9th Annual National
Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) meeting; Los Angeles, CA (2005)
- University of South Florida Student Senate
Representing the College of Medicine (2005-2006)
- Internal Medicine Interest Group (USFCOM)—Co-founder and First
President (2003-2006)
- Attended Florida ACP Chapter meeting (2005)
-Student Attendee
- Attended 60th Annual American Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Conference
(AAAAI); San Francisco, CA (2004)
-Student Attendee
- University of South Florida College of Medicine First-Year Class Co-
President. (2003)


  1. Cannella, AP, Oehler, R Case Report: Streptococcus constellatus Bacterial Endocarditis w/ Multiple Embolic Secondary Infection. Infections in Medicine;
    November 2007.
  2. Cannella, AP, Nguyen, BM, Piggott, CD, Lee, R, Vinetz, JM, Mehta, S A Cluster of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Associated with Human Smuggling. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 84(6), 2011, pp. 847–850 PMID: 21633017
  3. King, J, McCall, M, Cannella, A, Markiewicz, MA, James, A, Hood, CB, Acosta, EP A Randomized Crossover Study to Determine Relative Bioequivalence of Tenofovir, Emtricitabine, and Efavirenz (Atripla) Fixed-Dose Combination
    Tablet Compared With a Compounded Oral Liquid Formulation Derived From the Tablet
    JAIDS (Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes) 56(5):e131-e132, April 15, 2011. PMID: 22046602
  4. Cannella AP, Lin JC, Liang L, Atluri V, Gotuzzo E, Felgner PL, Tsolis RM, Vinetz JM. Serial Kinetics of the Antibody Response Against the Complete Brucella melitensis ORFeome in Chronic Human Brucellosis. J Clin Microbiol. 2012 Mar;50(3):922-6. doi: 10.1128/JCM.05298-11. Epub 2012 Jan 4. PMID: 22219303
  5. Cannella AP, Tsolis RM, Liang L, Felgner PL, Saito M, Sette A, Gotuzzo E, Vinetz JM. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. Antigen-specific acquired immunity in human brucellosis: implications for diagnosis, prognosis, and vaccine
    development Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 2012;2:1. doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2012.00001. Epub 2012 Feb 1.PMID: 22919593
  6. *McKinnell JA, *Cannella AP, Kunz DF, Hook EW 3rd, Moser SA, Miller LG, Baddley JW, Pappas PG. Pneumocystis Pneumonia; A Detailed Examination of Symptoms, Management, and Outcomes in HIV-infected and HIVuninfected
    Persons Transpl Infect Dis. 2012 Oct;14(5):510-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1399- 3062.2012.00739.x. Epub 2012 May 1.PMID: 22548840 *: Co-first author
  7. Cannella AP, Lindestam Arlehamn CS, Sidney J, Patra KP, Torres K, Tsolis RM, Liang, L, Felgner, PL, Saito M, Gotuzzo E, Gilman RH, Sette A, Vinetz Brucella melitensis T cell Epitope Recognition by Humans Recovered From
    Brucellosis in Peru” Infect Immun. 2013 Oct 14. PMID: 24126518
  8. Lehmann JS, Fouts DE, Haft DH, Cannella AP, Ricaldi JN, Brinkac L, Harkins D, Durkin S, Sanka R, Sutton G, Moreno A, Vinetz JM, Matthias MA Pathogenomic Inference of Virulence-Associated Genes in Leptospira interrogans
    PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2013 Oct 3; 7(10):e2468. PMID: 24098822
  9. McKinnell JA, Cannella AP, Injean P, Gregson A. Adjunctive Glucocorticoid Therapy for Non-HIV-Related Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia (NH-PCP) Am J Transplant. 2014 Apr; 14(4):982-3. doi: 10.1111/ajt.12655. PMID: 24666835
  10. Cannella AP, Vinetz JM. A Young Man Evaluated for Suspicion of Lymphoma Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg 2014 Sep 3;91(3):440-1. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.14-0084. PMID: 25187669


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